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Zephaniah 3 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Wickedness of Jerusalem
Jerusalem’s Sin and Redemption

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:1 - Woe to her who is rebellious and polluted,
To the oppressing city!

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:2 - She has not obeyed His voice,
She has not received correction;
She has not trusted in the LORD,
She has not drawn near to her God.

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:3 - Her princes in her midst are roaring lions;
Her judges are evening wolves
That leave not a bone till morning.

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:4 - Her prophets are insolent, treacherous people;
Her priests have polluted the sanctuary,
They have done violence to the law.

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:5 - The LORD is righteous in her midst,
He will do no unrighteousness.
Every morning He brings His justice to light;
He never fails,
But the unjust knows no shame.

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:6 - “I have cut off nations,
Their fortresses are devastated;
I have made their streets desolate,
With none passing by.
Their cities are destroyed;
There is no one, no inhabitant.

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:7 - I said, ‘Surely you will fear Me,
You will receive instruction’—
So that her dwelling would not be cut off,
Despite everything for which I punished her.
But they rose early and corrupted all their deeds.
A Faithful Remnant
(cf. Gen. 11:1–9; Acts 2:1–11 )

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:8 - “Therefore wait for Me,” says the LORD,
“Until the day I rise up for plunder;[fn]
My determination is to gather the nations
To My assembly of kingdoms,
To pour on them My indignation,
All My fierce anger;
All the earth shall be devoured
With the fire of My jealousy.

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:9 - “For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language,
That they all may call on the name of the LORD,
To serve Him with one accord.

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:10 - From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia
My worshipers,
The daughter of My dispersed ones,
Shall bring My offering.

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:11 - In that day you shall not be shamed for any of your deeds
In which you transgress against Me;
For then I will take away from your midst
Those who rejoice in your pride,
And you shall no longer be haughty
In My holy mountain.

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:12 - I will leave in your midst
A meek and humble people,
And they shall trust in the name of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:13 - The remnant of Israel shall do no unrighteousness
And speak no lies,
Nor shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth;
For they shall feed their flocks and lie down,
And no one shall make them afraid.”
Joy in God’s Faithfulness

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:14 - Sing, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:15 - The LORD has taken away your judgments,
He has cast out your enemy.
The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst;
You shall see[fn] disaster no more.

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:16 - In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
“Do not fear;
Zion, let not your hands be weak.

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:17 - The LORD your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:18 - “I will gather those who sorrow over the appointed assembly,
Who are among you,
To whom its reproach is a burden.

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:19 - Behold, at that time
I will deal with all who afflict you;
I will save the lame,
And gather those who were driven out;
I will appoint them for praise and fame
In every land where they were put to shame.

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:20 - At that time I will bring you back,
Even at the time I gather you;
For I will give you fame and praise
Among all the peoples of the earth,
When I return your captives before your eyes,”
Says the LORD.
NKJV Footnotes
Septuagint and Syriac read for witness; Targum reads for the day of My revelation for judgment; Vulgate reads for the day of My resurrection that is to come.
Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, and Bomberg read see; Masoretic Text and Vulgate read fear.
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