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Zephaniah 3 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Jerusalem’s Rebellion and Redemption
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:1 - What sorrow awaits rebellious, polluted Jerusalem,
the city of violence and crime!
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:2 - No one can tell it anything;
it refuses all correction.
It does not trust in the LORD
or draw near to its God.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:3 - Its leaders are like roaring lions
hunting for their victims.
Its judges are like ravenous wolves at evening time,
who by dawn have left no trace of their prey.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:4 - Its prophets are arrogant liars seeking their own gain.
Its priests defile the Temple by disobeying God’s instructions.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:5 - But the LORD is still there in the city,
and he does no wrong.
Day by day he hands down justice,
and he does not fail.
But the wicked know no shame.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:6 - “I have wiped out many nations,
devastating their fortress walls and towers.
Their streets are now deserted;
their cities lie in silent ruin.
There are no survivors—
none at all.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:7 - I thought, ‘Surely they will have reverence for me now!
Surely they will listen to my warnings.
Then I won’t need to strike again,
destroying their homes.’
But no, they get up early
to continue their evil deeds.
(cf. Gen 11:1–9; Act 2:1–11 )
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:8 - Therefore, be patient,” says the LORD.
“Soon I will stand and accuse these evil nations.
For I have decided to gather the kingdoms of the earth
and pour out my fiercest anger and fury on them.
All the earth will be devoured
by the fire of my jealousy.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:9 - “Then I will purify the speech of all people,
so that everyone can worship the LORD together.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:10 - My scattered people who live beyond the rivers of Ethiopia[fn]
will come to present their offerings.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:11 - On that day you will no longer need to be ashamed,
for you will no longer be rebels against me.
I will remove all proud and arrogant people from among you.
There will be no more haughtiness on my holy mountain.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:12 - Those who are left will be the lowly and humble,
for it is they who trust in the name of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:13 - The remnant of Israel will do no wrong;
they will never tell lies or deceive one another.
They will eat and sleep in safety,
and no one will make them afraid.”
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:14 - Sing, O daughter of Zion;
shout aloud, O Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:15 - For the LORD will remove his hand of judgment
and will disperse the armies of your enemy.
And the LORD himself, the King of Israel,
will live among you!
At last your troubles will be over,
and you will never again fear disaster.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:16 - On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be,
“Cheer up, Zion! Don’t be afraid!
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:17 - For the LORD your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.[fn]
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:18 - “I will gather you who mourn for the appointed festivals;
you will be disgraced no more.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:19 - And I will deal severely with all who have oppressed you.
I will save the weak and helpless ones;
I will bring together
those who were chased away.
I will give glory and fame to my former exiles,
wherever they have been mocked and shamed.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:20 - On that day I will gather you together
and bring you home again.
I will give you a good name, a name of distinction,
among all the nations of the earth,
as I restore your fortunes before their very eyes.
I, the LORD, have spoken!”
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew Cush.
Or He will be silent in his love. Greek and Syriac versions read He will renew you with his love.
The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.

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