Zephaniah 3


3:1 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing
 city!
3:2 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she
 trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God.
3:3 Her princes within her [are] roaring lions; her judges [are]
 evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.
3:4 Her prophets are light [and] treacherous persons: her
 priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to
 the law.
3:5 The just LORD [is] in the midst of her; he will not do
 iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he
 faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.
3:6 I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I
 made their streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities
 are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is no
 inhabitant.
3:7 I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive
 instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, however I
 punished them: but they rose early, [and] corrupted all their
 doings.
3:8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day
 that I rise up to the prey: for my determination [is] to gather
 the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon
 them my indignation, [even] all my fierce anger: for all the
 earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
3:9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that
 they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with
 one consent.
3:10 From beyond the rivers of Cush my suppliants, [even] the
 daughter of my dispersed, shall bring my offering.
3:11 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings,
 in which thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will
 take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy
 pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy
 mountain.
3:12 I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and
 poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.
3:13 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak
 lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth:
 for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make [them]
 afraid.
3:14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and
 rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.
3:15 The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out
 thy enemy: the King of Israel, [even] the LORD, [is] in the
 midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.
3:16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not:
 [and to] Zion, Let not thy hands be slack.
3:17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee [is] mighty; he will
 save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his
 love, he will joy over thee with singing.
3:18 I will gather [them that are] sorrowful for the solemn
 assembly, [who] are of thee, [to whom] the reproach of it [was]
 a burden.
3:19 Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and
 I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven
 out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where
 they have been put to shame.
3:20 At that time will I bring you [again], even in the time
 that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise
 among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity
 before your eyes, saith the LORD.
 
 

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