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Zephaniah 3 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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The Unjust Knows No Shame

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Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled,

The oppressive city!

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She did not listen to any voice;

She did not receive discipline.

She did not trust in Yahweh;

She did not draw near to her God.

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Her princes in her midst are roaring lions;

Her judges are wolves at evening;

They leave nothing to gnaw for the morning.

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Her prophets are reckless, treacherous men;

Her priests have profaned the sanctuary.

They have done violence to the law.

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Yahweh is righteous in her midst;

He will do no injustice.

Every morning He brings His justice to light;

[fn]He does not fail.

But the unjust knows no shame.

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“I have cut off nations;

Their corner towers are desolate.

I have made their streets a waste,

With no one passing by;

Their cities are laid waste,

Without a man, without an inhabitant.

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“I said, ‘Surely you will fear Me,

Receive discipline.’

So her abode will not be cut off

According to all that I have appointed concerning her.

But they were eager to corrupt all their deeds.

Yahweh Will Pour Out His Anger

(cf. Gen 11:1–9; Act 2:1–11 )
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“Therefore wait for Me,” declares Yahweh,

“For the day when I rise up as a witness.

Indeed, My judgment is to assemble nations,

To gather kingdoms,

To pour out on them My indignation,

All My burning anger;

For all the earth will be devoured

By the fire of My zeal.

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“For then I will change them to peoples with purified lips,

That all of them may call on the name of Yahweh,

To serve Him [fn]shoulder to shoulder.

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“From beyond the rivers of [fn]Ethiopia

My [fn]worshipers, [fn]My scattered ones,

Will bring My offerings.

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“In that day you will feel no shame

Because of all your deeds

By which you have transgressed against Me;

For then I will remove from your midst

Your proud, exulting ones,

And you will never again be haughty

On My holy mountain.

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“But I will cause to remain in your midst

A [fn]lowly and poor people,

And they will take refuge in the name of Yahweh.

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“The remnant of Israel will do no injustice

And not speak falsehood,

Nor will a deceitful tongue

Be found in their mouths;

For they will feed and lie down

With no one to make them tremble.”

Yahweh’s Joy in Restoring Israel

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Sing for joy, O daughter of Zion!

Make a loud shout, O Israel!

Be glad and exult with all your heart,

O daughter of Jerusalem!

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Yahweh has taken away His judgments against you;

He has cleared away your enemies.

The King of Israel, Yahweh, is in your midst;

You will fear evil no more.

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In that day it will be said to Jerusalem:

“Do not fear, O Zion;

Do not let your hands fall limp.

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“Yahweh your God is in your midst,

A mighty one who will save.

He will be joyful over you with gladness;

He will [fn]be quiet in His love;

He will rejoice over you with joyful singing.

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“I will assemble those who grieve about the appointed feasts

They were from you, O Zion;

The reproach of exile is a burden on [fn]them.

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“Behold, I am going to deal at that time

With all those who afflict you,

And I will save the lame

And gather the banished,

And I will turn them—in their shame—into praise and a name

In all the earth.

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“At that time I will bring you in,

Even at the time when I gather you together;

Indeed, I will give you to be a name and praise

Among all the peoples of the earth,

When I restore your fortunes before your eyes,”

Says Yahweh.

LSB Footnotes
Lit It is never missing
Lit with one shoulder
Or Cush, cf. Gen 10:6
Or suppliants
Lit the daughter of My scattered ones
Or humble, afflicted
Some ancient versions renew you in
Lit her
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