NASB — Zephaniah 3 — KJV

Woe to Jerusalem and the Nations

  1 Woe to her who is arebellious and bdefiled,
  The ctyrannical city!
  2 She aheeded no voice,
  She baccepted no instruction.
  She did not ctrust in the LORD,
  She did not ddraw near to her God.
  3 Her aprinces within her are roaring lions,
  Her judges are bwolves at evening;
  They leave nothing for the morning.
  4 Her prophets are areckless, treacherous men;
  Her bpriests have profaned the sanctuary.
  They have done violence to the law.
  5 The LORD is arighteous bwithin her;
  He will cdo no injustice.
  dEvery morning He brings His justice to light;
  He does not fail.
  But the unjust eknows no shame.
  6 “I have cut off nations;
  Their corner towers are in ruins.
  I have made their streets adesolate,
  With no one passing by;
  Their bcities are laid waste,
  Without a man, cwithout an inhabitant.
  7 “I said, ‘Surely you will revere Me,
  aAccept instruction.’
  So her dwelling will bnot be cut off
  [According to] all that I have appointed concerning her.
  But they were eager to ccorrupt all their deeds.

[1] aJr 5:23 bEzk 23:30 cJr 6:6
[2] aJr 7:23-28 bJr 2:30; 5:3; 2Ti 3:16 cPs 78:22; Jr 13:25 dPs 73:28
[3] aEzk 22:27 bJr 5:6; Hab 1:8
[4] aJg 9:4 bEzk 22:26; Mal 2:7, 8
[5] aDt 32:4 bZp 3:15, 17 cPs 92:15 dJb 7:18 eZp 2:1
[6] aJr 9:12; Zc 7:14; Mt 23:38 bLv 26:31; Is 6:11 cZp 2:5
[7] aJb 36:10; Ps 32:8; 1Ti 1:5 bJr 7:7 cHo 9:9

  8 ¶ “Therefore await for Me,” declares the LORD,
  “For the day when I rise up as a witness.
  Indeed, My decision is to bgather nations,
  To assemble kingdoms,
  To pour out on them My indignation,
  All My burning anger;
  For call the earth will be devoured
  By the fire of My zeal.
  9 “For then I will Igive to the peoples apurified lips,
  That all of them may bcall on the name of the LORD,
  To serve Him IIshoulder to shoulder.
  10 “From beyond the rivers of aEthiopia
  My Iworshipers, IIMy dispersed ones,
  Will bbring My offerings.
  11 “In that day you will afeel no shame
  Because of all your deeds
  By which you have rebelled against Me;
  For then I will remove from your midst
  Your bproud, exulting ones,
  And you will never again be haughty
  On My choly mountain.

[8] aPs 27:14; Is 30:18; Hab 2:3 bEzk 38:14-23; Jol 3:2 cZp 1:18
[9] ILit change IILit with one shoulder aIs 19:18; 57:19 bPs 22:27; 86:9; Hab 2:14; Zp 2:11
[10] IOr suppliants IILit the daughter of My dispersed ones aPs 68:31; Is 18:1 bIs 60:6, 7
[11] aIs 45:17; 54:4; Jol 2:26, 27 bIs 2:12; 5:15 cIs 11:9; 56:7; Ezk 20:40

A Remnant of Israel

  12 “But I will leave among you
  A ahumble and lowly people,
  And they will btake refuge in the name of the LORD.
  13 “The aremnant of Israel will bdo no wrong
  And ctell no lies,
  Nor will a deceitful tongue
  Be found in their mouths;
  For they will dfeed and lie down
  With no one to make them tremble.”

[12] aIs 14:30 bIs 14:32; 50:10; Na 1:7; Zc 13:8, 9
[13] aIs 10:20-22; Mi 4:7; Zp 2:7 bPs 119:3; Jr 31:33; Zp 3:5 cZc 8:3, 16; Rv 14:5 dEzk 34:13-15

  14 ¶ Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion!
  aShout [in triumph], O Israel!
  Rejoice and exult with all [your] heart,
  O daughter of Jerusalem!
  15 The LORD has taken away a[His] judgments against you,
  He has cleared away your enemies.
  The King of Israel, the LORD, is bin your midst;
  You will cfear disaster no more.
  16 aIn that day it will be said to Jerusalem:
  “bDo not be afraid, O Zion;
  cDo not let your hands fall limp.
  17 “The LORD your God is ain your midst,
  A Ibvictorious warrior.
  He will cexult over you with joy,
  He will IIbe quiet in His love,
  He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
  18 “I will gather those who agrieve about the appointed feasts
  They Icame from you, [O Zion];
  [The] reproach [of exile] is a burden on IIthem.
  19 “Behold, I am going to deal at that time
  With all your aoppressors,
  I will save the blame
  And gather the outcast,
  And I will turn their cshame into dpraise and renown
  In all the earth.
  20 “At that time I will abring you in,
  Even at the time when I gather you together;
  Indeed, I will give you brenown and praise
  Among all the peoples of the earth,
  When I crestore your fortunes before your eyes,”
  Says the LORD.

[14] aZc 9:9
[15] aPs 19:9; Jn 5:30; Rv 18:20 bEzk 37:26-28; Zp 3:5 cIs 54:14
[16] aIs 25:9 bIs 35:3, 4 cJb 4:3; He 12:12
[17] ILit A warrior who saves IIOr with some ancient versions, renew you in aZp 3:5, 15 bIs 63:1 cIs 62:5
[18] ILit were IILit her aPs 42:2-4; Ezk 9:4
[19] aIs 60:14 bEzk 34:16; Mi 4:6 cEzk 16:27, 57 dIs 60:18; 62:7; Zc 8:23
[20] aEzk 37:12, 21 bDt 26:18, 19; Is 56:5; 66:22 cJr 29:14; Jol 3:1; Zp 2:7


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A sharp reproof of Jerusalem for divers sins.

1 ¶ Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city! 2 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God. 3 Her princes within her [are] roaring lions; her judges [are] evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow. 4 Her prophets [are] light [and] treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law. 5 The just LORD [is] in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame. 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 none inhabitant. 7 I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, [and] corrupted all their doings.

[1] Lv 1:16; Is 5:7; 30:12; 59:13; Jr 6:6; 22:17; Ezk 22:7, 29; Am 3:9; 4:1; Mi 2:2; Zc 7:10; Mal 3:5.
[2] Dt 28:15; Ne 9:26; Ps 10:4; 50:17; 78:22; Pv 1:7; 5:12; Is 1:5; 29:13; 30:1; 31:1; 43:22; Jr 2:30; 5:3; 7:23; 17:5; 22:21; 32:33; 35:13, 17; Ezk 24:13; Zc 7:11; Jn 3:18; He 10:22.
[3] Jb 4:8; Ps 10:8; Pv 28:15; Is 1:23; Jr 5:6; 22:17; Ezk 22:6, 25; Mi 3:1, 9; Hab 1:8.
[4] 1S 2:12, 22; Is 9:15; 56:10; Jr 5:31; 6:13; 8:10; 14:13; 23:9, 25, 32; 27:14; Lm 2:14; Ezk 13:3; 22:26; 44:7; Ho 4:6; 9:7; Mi 2:11; 3:5; Mal 2:8; Mt 7:15; 2Co 11:13; 2P 2:1; 1Jn 4:1; Rv 19:20.
[5] Gn 18:25; Dt 23:14; 32:4; Jb 8:3; 34:10, 17; Ps 37:6; 99:3; 145:17; Ec 3:16; Is 12:6; 28:19; 33:2; 42:3; 45:21; 50:4; Jr 3:3; 6:15; 8:12; 21:12; Lm 3:23; Ezk 48:35; Mi 3:11; 7:9; Hab 1:3; Zp 3:15, 17; Zc 2:5; 9:9; Lk 12:2; Ro 2:5; 3:26; 1Co 4:5; 1P 1:17.
[6] Is 10:1; 15:1; 19:1; 37:11, 24, 36; Jr 25:9, 18; Na 2:1; 1Co 10:6, 11.
[7] Gn 6:12; Dt 4:16; 2Ch 28:6; 32:1; 33:11; 36:3; Is 5:4; 63:8; Jr 7:7; 8:6; 17:25; 25:5; 36:3; 38:17; Ho 9:9; Mi 2:1; Zp 3:2; Lk 19:42; 2P 3:9.

An exhortation to wait for the restoration of Israel,

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 mine indignation, [even] all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. 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. 10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, [even] the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering. 11 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein 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. 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. 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.

[8] Dt 32:21; Ps 12:5; 27:14; 37:7, 34; 62:1, 5; 78:65; 123:2; 130:5; Pv 20:22; So 8:6; Is 30:18; 42:13; 59:16; Lm 3:25; Ezk 36:5; 38:14, 19; Ho 12:6; Jol 3:2, 9; Mi 4:11; 7:7; Zp 1:18; Zc 14:2; Mt 25:32; Jm 5:7; 2P 3:10; Rv 16:14; 19:17.
[9] Gn 11:1; 1K 8:41; Ps 22:27; 86:9; 113:3; Is 19:18; Jr 16:19; Hab 2:14; Zc 2:11; 8:20; 14:9; Mt 12:35; Ac 2:4; Ro 15:6; Ep 4:29; Rv 11:15.
[10] Ps 68:31; 72:8; Is 11:11; 18:1, 7; 27:12; 49:20; 60:4; 66:18; Mal 1:11; Ac 8:27; 24:17; Ro 11:11; 15:16; 1P 1:1.
[11] Nu 16:3; Ps 49:5; 87:1; Is 11:9; 45:17; 48:1; 54:4; 61:7; 65:13; Jr 7:4, 9; Ezk 7:20; 24:21; Dn 9:16, 20; Jol 2:26; Mi 3:11; Zp 3:19; Mt 3:9; Ro 2:17; 9:33; 1P 2:6.
[12] Ps 37:40; Is 14:32; 50:10; 61:1; Na 1:7; Zc 11:11; 13:8; Mt 5:3; 11:5; 12:21; Ro 15:12; 1Co 1:27; Ep 1:12; Jm 2:5; 1P 1:21.
[13] Ps 23:2; Is 6:13; 10:20; 11:6; 17:2; 35:8; 54:14; 60:21; 63:8; 65:10; Jr 23:4; 30:10; 31:33; Ezk 34:13, 23; 36:25; 39:26; Jol 3:17, 21; Mi 4:4, 7; 5:4; 7:14; Zp 2:7; Zc 14:20; Mt 13:41; Jn 1:47; Ro 11:4; Col 3:9; 1P 3:14; 1Jn 3:9; 5:18; Rv 7:15; 14:5; 21:8, 27.

and to rejoice for their salvation by God.

14 ¶ Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. 15 The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, [even] the LORD, [is] in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more. 16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: [and to] Zion, Let not thine hands be slack. 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. 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. 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. 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.

[14] Ezr 3:11; Ne 12:43; Ps 14:7; 47:5; 81:1; 95:1; 100:1; 126:2; Is 12:6; 24:14; 35:2; 40:9; 42:10; 51:11; 54:1; 65:13, 18; Jr 30:19; 31:13; 33:11; Mi 4:8; Zc 2:10; 9:9, 15; Mt 21:9; Lk 2:10; Rv 19:1.
[15] Gn 30:23; Ps 85:3; Is 13:1; 25:8; 33:22; 35:10; 40:1; 51:22; 60:18; 65:19; Jr 50:1; Ezk 37:24, 26; 39:29; 48:35; Jol 3:17, 20; Am 9:15; Mi 7:10, 16, 18; Hab 2:8, 17; Zp 3:5, 17; Zc 1:14; 2:8; 8:13; 9:9; 10:6; 12:3; 14:11; Jn 1:49; 12:15; 19:19; Ro 8:33; Rv 7:15; 12:10; 19:16; 21:3.
[16] Is 35:3; 40:9; 41:10, 13; 43:1; 44:2; 54:4; Jr 46:27; Hg 2:4; Zc 8:15; Jn 12:12; 2Co 4:1; Ga 6:9; Ep 3:13; He 12:3, 12; Rv 2:3.
[17] Gn 1:31; 2:2; 17:1; 18:14; Nu 14:8; Dt 30:9; Ps 24:8; 147:11; 149:4; Is 9:6; 12:2, 6; 18:4; 62:4; 63:12; 65:19; Jr 32:41; Zp 3:5, 15; Lk 15:5, 23, 32; Jn 13:1; 15:11; He 7:25.
[18] Ps 42:2; 43:3; 63:1; 84:1; 137:3; Jr 23:3; 31:8; Lm 1:4, 7; 2:6; Ezk 34:13; 36:24; Ho 1:11; 9:5; Zp 3:20; Ro 11:25.
[19] Is 25:9; 26:11; 41:11; 43:14; 49:25; 51:22; 60:14; 61:7; 62:7; 66:14; Jr 30:16; 31:8; 33:9; 46:28; 51:35; Ezk 34:16; 39:17, 26; Jol 3:2; Mi 4:6; 7:10; Na 1:11; Zp 3:15; Zc 2:8; 12:3; 14:2; He 12:13; Rv 19:17; 20:9.
[20] Ps 35:6; Is 11:11; 27:12; 56:8; 60:15; 61:9; 62:7, 12; Jr 29:14; Ezk 16:53; 28:25; 34:16; 37:21; 39:28; Jol 3:1; Am 9:14; Zp 3:19; Mal 3:12.


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