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3 Woe to the city of oppressors,s

rebellioust and defiled!u

She obeysv no one,

she accepts no correction.w

She does not trustx in the Lord,

she does not draw neary to her God.

Her officials within her

are roaring lions;z

her rulers are evening wolves,a

who leave nothing for the morning.b

Her prophets are unprincipled;

they are treacherous people.c

Her priests profane the sanctuary

and do violence to the law.d

The Lord within her is righteous;e

he does no wrong.f

Morning by morningg he dispenses his justice,

and every new day he does not fail,h

yet the unrighteous know no shame.i

Jerusalem Remains Unrepentant

“I have destroyed nations;

their strongholds are demolished.

I have left their streets deserted,

with no one passing through.

Their cities are laid waste;j

they are deserted and empty.

Of Jerusalem I thought,

‘Surely you will fear me

and accept correction!’k

Then her place of refugea would not be destroyed,

nor all my punishments come uponb her.

But they were still eager

to act corruptlyl in all they did.

Therefore waitm for me,”

declares the Lord,

“for the day I will stand up to testify.c

I have decided to assemblen the nations,o

to gather the kingdoms

and to pour out my wrathp on them—

all my fierce anger.q

The whole world will be consumedr

by the fire of my jealous anger.

Restoration of Israel’s Remnant

“Then I will purify the lips of the peoples,

that all of them may calls on the name of the Lordt

and serveu him shoulder to shoulder.

10 From beyond the rivers of Cushd v

my worshipers, my scattered people,

will bring me offerings.w

11 On that day you, Jerusalem, will not be put to shamex

for all the wrongs you have done to me,y

because I will remove from you

your arrogant boasters.z

Never again will you be haughty

on my holy hill.a

12 But I will leave within you

the meekb and humble.

The remnant of Israel

will trustc in the name of the Lord.

13 Theyd will do no wrong;e

they will tell no lies.f

A deceitful tongue

will not be found in their mouths.g

They will eat and lie downh

and no one will make them afraid.i

14 Sing, Daughter Zion;j

shout aloud,k Israel!

Be glad and rejoicel with all your heart,

Daughter Jerusalem!

15 The Lord has taken away your punishment,

he has turned back your enemy.

The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you;m

never again will you fearn any harm.o

16 On that day

they will say to Jerusalem,

“Do not fear, Zion;

do not let your hands hang limp.p

17 The Lord your God is with you,

the Mighty Warrior who saves.q

He will take great delightr in you;

in his love he will no longer rebuke you,s

but will rejoice over you with singing.”t

18 “I will remove from you

all who mourn over the loss of your appointed festivals,

which is a burden and reproach for you.

19 At that time I will deal

with all who oppressedu you.

I will rescue the lame;

I will gather the exiles.v

I will give them praisew and honor

in every land where they have suffered shame.

20 At that time I will gather you;

at that time I will bringx you home.

I will give you honory and praisez

among all the peoples of the earth

when I restore your fortunese a

before your very eyes,”

says the Lord.


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