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Zephaniah 3 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:1 - Woe to her that is rebellious and defiled, the oppressing city!
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:2 - She listens to no voice, 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 judges are evening wolves that leave nothing till the morning.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:4 - Her prophets are wanton, faithless men; her priests profane what is sacred, they do violence to the law.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:5 - The LORD within her is righteous, he does no wrong; every morning he shows forth his justice, each dawn he does not fail; but the unjust knows no shame.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:6 - "I have cut off nations; their battlements are in ruins; I have laid waste their streets so that none walks in them; their cities have been made desolate, without a man, without an inhabitant.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:7 - I said, 'Surely she will fear me, she will accept correction; she will not lose sight of all that I have enjoined upon her.' But all the more they were eager to make all their deeds corrupt."
(cf. Gen 11:1–9; Act 2:1–11 )
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:8 - "Therefore wait for me," says the LORD, "for the day when I arise as a witness. For my decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them my indignation, all the heat of my anger; for in the fire of my jealous wrath all the earth shall be consumed.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:9 - "Yea, at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve him with one accord.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:10 - From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, the daughter of my dispersed ones, shall bring my offering.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:11 - "On that day you shall not be put to shame because of the deeds by which you have rebelled against me; for then I will remove from your midst your proudly exultant ones, and you shall no longer be haughty in my holy mountain.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:12 - For I will leave in the midst of you a people humble and lowly. They shall seek refuge in the name of the LORD,
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:13 - those who are left in Israel; they shall do no wrong and utter no lies, nor shall there be found in their mouth a deceitful tongue. For they shall pasture and lie down, and none shall make them afraid."
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:14 - Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:15 - The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he has cast out your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall fear evil no more.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:16 - On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: "Do not fear, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:17 - The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:18 - as on a day of festival. "I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:19 - Behold, at that time I will deal with all your oppressors. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:20 - At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you together; yea, I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes," says the LORD.
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