|Zeph 3:1 Woe (judgment is coming) to her who is rebellious and defiled,
The tyrannical city [Jerusalem]!
|Zeph 3:2 She did not listen and heed the voice [of God];
She accepted no correction.
She did not trust in the LORD [but trusted her own power];
She did not draw near to her God [but to the pagan gods of Baal or Molech].
|Zeph 3:3 Her officials within her are roaring lions;
Her judges are [as hungry as] the wolves at evening,
They leave nothing for the morning.
|Zeph 3:4 Her prophets are reckless and treacherous men;
Her priests have profaned the sanctuary;
They have done violence to the law [by pretending their word is God's word]. [Jer 23:11; Ezek 22:26; Hos 9:7]
|Zeph 3:5 The LORD is righteous within her;
He will do no injustice.
Every morning He brings His justice to light;
He does not fail.
But the unjust person knows no shame.
|Zeph 3:6 "I [the LORD] have cut off and destroyed nations [as a warning to Judah];
Their corner towers (battlements) are in ruins.
I have made their streets desolate
So that no one passes by;
Their cities are destroyed
So that there is no man, there is no inhabitant.
|Zeph 3:7 "I said, 'Most certainly you will [reverently] fear Me;
So Jerusalem's dwelling will not be cut off
In accordance with all that I have appointed concerning her [punishment],
But they were eager [even rising early] to make all their deeds corrupt. [Jer 7:13]
|Zeph 3:8 ¶ "Therefore [you of the godly remnant of Judah, patiently] wait for Me," declares the LORD,
"[Wait] for the day when I rise up as a witness [against the nations].
For it is My decision and My right to gather the nations,
To assemble kingdoms,
To pour out on them My indignation,
All [the heat of] My burning anger;
For [in that day] all the earth shall be consumed
By the fire of My zeal.
|Zeph 3:9 "Then I will give to the peoples [clear and pure speech from] purified lips [which reflect their purified hearts],
That all of them may call on the name of the LORD,
To serve Him shoulder to shoulder (united).
|Zeph 3:10 "From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia
My worshipers, [the descendants of] My dispersed ones,
Will bring My offerings.
|Zeph 3:11 "On that day you [Israel] will feel no shame
Because of all your acts
By which you have rebelled and sinned against Me;
Then I will remove from among you
Your rejoicing ones who delight in their pride;
And you will never again behave arrogantly
On My holy mountain [Mount Zion].
|Zeph 3:12 "But I will leave among you
A humble and lowly people,
And they will take refuge and trust confidently in the name of the LORD.
|Zeph 3:13 "The remnant of Israel will do no wrong
Nor speak lies,
Nor will a deceitful tongue
Be found in their mouths;
For they will eat and lie down
With no one to make them tremble and feel afraid."
|Zeph 3:14 ¶ Shout for joy, O Daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O Israel!
Rejoice, be in high spirits and glory with all your heart,
O Daughter of Jerusalem [in that day]!
|Zeph 3:15 The LORD has taken away the judgments against you;
He has cleared away your enemies.
The King of Israel, even the LORD [Himself], is in your midst;
You will no longer fear disaster.
|Zeph 3:16 In that day it will be said to Jerusalem:
"Do not be afraid, O Zion;
Do not let your hands fall limp.
|Zeph 3:17 "The LORD your God is in your midst,
A Warrior who saves.
He will rejoice over you with joy;
He will be quiet in His love [making no mention of your past sins],
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
|Zeph 3:18 "I will gather those [Israelites in captivity] who grieve about the appointed feasts--
They came from you, [O Zion];
On whom the reproach [of exile] is a burden.
|Zeph 3:19 "Behold, at that time I am going to deal
With all your oppressors;
I will save the lame
And gather the scattered,
And I will turn their shame into praise and renown
In every land [where they have suffered]. [Mic 4:6, 7]
|Zeph 3:20 "At that time I will bring you in,
Yes, at the time I gather you together;
For I will make you a name and a praise
Among all the peoples of the earth
When I restore your fortunes [and freedom] before your eyes,"
Says the LORD.