Zephaniah 3

The Book of Zephaniah
Chapter 3

Chapter Overview:

Jerusalem threatened for her wickedness, ver. 1 - 7.
A promise of a glorious reformation, ver. 8 - 13.
And deliverance consequent upon it, ver. 14 - 20.
3:1To her - Jerusalem.
3:2The voice - Of God by his mercy and judgments crying aloud.
3:3Her princes - Persons of principal place and authority.Lions - Which hunt for prey, and are ever affrighting or devouring.Wolves - Insatiable and cruel, like wolves of the evening, whetted with hunger. Gnaw not the bones - They leave nothing but the bones to be eaten on the morrow.
3:4Her prophet - So called, false prophets.Light - Unstable and inconstant.Violence to the law - Wresting it by perverse interpretation.
3:5In the midst - Observing all. Not do iniquity - He will judge them righteously. Every morning - Daily he discovers his displeasure against the wicked. Faileth not - Lets no season slip to convince them, by public and visible punishments. The unjust - But the wicked Jews proceed without shame, and without fear.
3:6The nations - Of old, the Canaanites, lastly the ten tribes, and later yet, the Assyrians.
3:7I said - I thought (speaking after the manner of men).Thou - O Jerusalem. Fear me - For the many and great judgments executed upon others. I punished them - In some measure.
3:8Therefore - Since you will not be amended.Wait ye - Attend my resolution. Until - Until I rise up to destroy first, and next to take the spoil. Upon them - The incorrigible Jews.Devoured - Consumed as if burnt up. My jealousy - That jealousy wherewith God is jealous for his own glory.
3:9A pure language - I will give them a pure way of worshipping me, the issue of a pure heart.
3:10My dispersed - The praying remnant of the scattered Jews shall return to their own land, and bring themselves an offering unto the Lord.
3:11Thy doings - Thy sins formerly committed. In thy pride - Proud formalists. No more be haughty - Ye shall no more boast, because of the city, or the temple.
3:12Of thee - In Judea and Jerusalem.
3:13Shall feed - Shall enjoy peace and plenty.
3:15Taken away - Abolished, and put an end to the judgments thy sins brought upon thee. Thine enemy - The Babylonian.Is in the midst - He is returned to redeem and govern thee.Any more - While thy carriage is as becomes my presence with thee, thou shalt neither fear, nor feel the like evils.
3:18Sorrowful - That mourn their distance from the solemn worship of God. Who are of thee - Thy children. Reproach - The taunts of their enemies.
3:19Undo - I will break their power and dissolve their kingdom.That halteth - Who is in trouble and ready to fall.Driven out - Into remote countries.
3:20A praise - So the universal church of the first - born will be, in the great day. And then the Israel of God be made a name and a praise to all eternity.