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Zephaniah 3 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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Woe to Oppressive Jerusalem

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Woe to the city that is rebellious[fn] and defiled,

the oppressive city!

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She has not obeyed;

she has not accepted discipline.

She has not trusted in Yahweh;

she has not drawn near to her God.

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The[fn] princes within her are roaring lions;

her judges are wolves of the night,

which leave nothing for[fn] the morning.

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Her prophets are reckless —

treacherous men.

Her priests profane the sanctuary;

they do violence to instruction.

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The righteous LORD is in her;

He does no wrong.

He applies His justice morning by morning;

He does not fail at dawn,

yet the one who does wrong knows no shame.

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I have cut off nations;

their corner towers are destroyed.

I have laid waste their streets,

with no one to pass through.

Their cities lie devastated,

without a person, without an inhabitant.

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I thought: You will certainly fear Me

and accept correction.

Then her dwelling place[fn]

would not be cut off

based on all that I had allocated to her.

However, they became more corrupt

in all their actions.

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Therefore, wait for Me —

this is the LORD’s declaration —

until the day I rise up for plunder.[fn]

For My decision is to gather nations,

to assemble kingdoms,

in order to pour out My indignation on them,

all My burning anger;

for the whole earth will be consumed

by the fire of My jealousy.

  
Final Restoration Promised

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For I will then restore

pure speech to the peoples

so that all of them may call

on the name of Yahweh

and serve Him with a single purpose.[fn]

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From beyond the rivers of Cush

My supplicants, My dispersed people,

will bring an offering to Me.

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On that day you[fn] will not be put to shame

because of everything you have done

in rebelling against Me.

For then I will remove

your proud, arrogant people from among you,

and you will never again be haughty

on My holy mountain.

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I will leave

a meek and humble people among you,

and they will take refuge in the name of Yahweh.

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The remnant of Israel will no longer

do wrong or tell lies;

a deceitful tongue will not be found

in their mouths.

But they will pasture and lie down,

with nothing to make them afraid.

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Sing for joy, Daughter Zion;

shout loudly, Israel!

Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,

Daughter Jerusalem!

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The LORD has removed your punishment;

He has turned back your enemy.

The King of Israel, Yahweh, is among you;

you need no longer fear harm.

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On that day it will be said to Jerusalem:

“Do not fear;

Zion, do not let your hands grow weak.

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Yahweh your God is among you,

a warrior who saves.

He will rejoice over you with gladness.

He will bring you quietness[fn] with His love.

He will delight in you with shouts of joy.”

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I will gather those who have been driven

from the appointed festivals;

they will be a tribute from you[fn]

and a reproach on her.[fn]

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Yes, at that time

I will deal with all who afflict you.

I will save the lame and gather the scattered;

I will make those who were disgraced

throughout the earth

receive praise and fame.

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At that time I will bring you[fn] back,

yes, at the time I will gather you.

I will give you fame and praise

among all the peoples of the earth,

when I restore your fortunes before your eyes.

Yahweh has spoken.

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HCSB Footnotes
Or filthy
Lit Her
Or that had nothing to gnaw in
LXX, Syr read her eyes
LXX, Syr read for a witness ; Vg reads up forever
Lit with one shoulder
= Israel
LXX, Syr read He will renew you
= Jerusalem
Hb obscure
= people of Israel

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Holy Bible, Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used with permission by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. All rights reserved.

Full copyright information is provided here. Visit the Holman Christian Standard Bible website.

 
 
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