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Zephaniah 3 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:1 - Woe to the city of oppressors, rebellious and defiled!
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:2 - She obeys no one, she accepts no correction. She does not trust in the LORD, she does not draw near to her God.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:3 - Her officials within her are roaring lions; her rulers are evening wolves, who leave nothing for the morning.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:4 - Her prophets are unprincipled; they are treacherous people. Her priests profane the sanctuary and do violence to the law.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:5 - The LORD within her is righteous; he does no wrong. Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not fail, yet the unrighteous know no shame.

Jerusalem Remains Unrepentant

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:6 - “I have destroyed nations; their strongholds are demolished. I have left their streets deserted, with no one passing through. Their cities are laid waste; they are deserted and empty.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:7 - Of Jerusalem I thought, ‘Surely you will fear me and accept correction!’ Then her place of refuge[fn] would not be destroyed, nor all my punishments come upon[fn] her. But they were still eager to act corruptly in all they did.
(cf. Gen 11:1–9; Act 2:1–11 )
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:8 - Therefore wait for me,” declares the LORD, “for the day I will stand up to testify.[fn] I have decided to assemble the nations, to gather the kingdoms and to pour out my wrath on them— all my fierce anger. The whole world will be consumed by the fire of my jealous anger.

Restoration of Israel’s Remnant

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:9 - “Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve him shoulder to shoulder.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:10 - From beyond the rivers of Cush[fn] my worshipers, my scattered people, will bring me offerings.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:11 - On that day you, Jerusalem, will not be put to shame for all the wrongs you have done to me, because I will remove from you your arrogant boasters. Never again will you be haughty on my holy hill.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:12 - But I will leave within you the meek and humble. The remnant of Israel will trust in the name of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:13 - They will do no wrong; they will tell no lies. A deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouths. They will eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid.”
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:14 - Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem!
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:15 - The LORD has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:16 - On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:17 - The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:18 - “I will remove from you all who mourn over the loss of your appointed festivals, which is a burden and reproach for you.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:19 - At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you. I will rescue the lame; I will gather the exiles. I will give them praise and honor in every land where they have suffered shame.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:20 - At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes[fn] before your very eyes,”

says the LORD..

NIV Footnotes
Or her sanctuary
Or all those I appointed over
Septuagint and Syriac; Hebrew will rise up to plunder
That is, the upper Nile region
Or I bring back your captives

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