Zephaniah 3:1–13

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.

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 1give to the peoples apurified lips,

That all of them may bcall on the name of the Lord,

To serve Him 2shoulder to shoulder.

10 “From beyond the rivers of aEthiopia

My 1worshipers, 2My 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.

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.”

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