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    Chapter 3

    Zeph 3:1 Woe to her who is rebellious and polluted, the oppressing city!

    Zeph 3:2 She did not obey the voice. She did not receive correction. She did not trust in Yahweh. She did not draw near to her God.

    Zeph 3:3 Her leaders in the midst of her are roaring lions. Her judges are evening wolves. They leave nothing until the next day.

    Zeph 3:4 Her prophets are arrogant and treacherous people. Her priests have profaned the sanctuary. They have done violence to the law.

    Zeph 3:5 Righteous Yahweh, in the midst of her. He will do no wrong. Every morning He brings His justice to light. He does not fail, but the unjust know no shame.

    Zeph 3:6 I have cut off nations. Their battlements are desolate. I have made their streets waste, so that no one passes by. Their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, so that there is no inhabitant.

    Zeph 3:7 I said, “just fear Me. Receive correction, so that her dwelling will not be cut off, according to all that I have appointed concerning her.” But they rose early and corrupted all their doings.

    Zeph 3:8 “Therefore wait for Me,” says Yahweh, “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 on them My indignation, even all My fierce anger, for all the land will be devoured with the fire of My jealousy.

    Zeph 3:9 For then I will purify the lips of the peoples that they may all call on the name of Yahweh, to serve Him shoulder to shoulder.

    Zeph 3:10 From beyond the rivers of Cush, My worshipers, even the daughter of My dispersed people, will bring My offering.

    Zeph 3:11 In that day you will not be disgraced for all your doings, in which you have transgressed against Me; for then I will take away out of the midst of you your proudly exulting ones, and you will not any longer be haughty in My holy mountain.

    Zeph 3:12 But I will leave in the midst of you a gentle people and humble, and they will take refuge in the name of Yahweh.

    Zeph 3:13 The remnant of Israel will not do iniquity, nor speak lies, neither will a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth, for they will feed and lie down, and no one will make them afraid.”

    Zeph 3:14 Sing, daughter of Zion! Shout, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem.

    Zeph 3:15 Yahweh has taken away your lawsuits. He has thrown out your enemy. The King of Israel, Yahweh, is in the midst of you. You will not be afraid of evil anymore.

    Zeph 3:16 In that day, it will be said to Jerusalem, “do not be afraid, Zion. Do not let your hands become feeble.”

    Zeph 3:17 Yahweh, your God, is in the midst of you, a mighty one who will save. He will rejoice over you with joy. He will revive you in His love. He will rejoice over you with a celebration.

    Zeph 3:18 I will gather those who grieve about the feast days of assembling. Who are from you, O Zion. Her disgrace was a burden to you.

    Zeph 3:19 Behold, at that time I will deal with all those who harass you, and I will rescue those who are lame, and assemble those who were scattered. I will place them as a praise and for honor, in all the land where they were humiliated.

    Zeph 3:20 At that time I bring you in, even at the time of My assembling you; for I will make you famous and praised among all the peoples of the land, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, says Yahweh.