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Zephaniah 3
New Living Translation

Jerusalem’s Rebellion and Redemption

3What sorrow awaits rebellious, polluted Jerusalem, the city of violence and crime!H1945H4754H1351H3238H5892 2No one can tell it anything; it refuses all correction. It does not trust in the Lord or draw near to its God.H8085H6963H3947H4148H982H3068H7126H430 3Its leaders are like roaring lions hunting for their victims. Its judges are like ravenous wolves at evening time, who by dawn have left no trace of their prey.H8269H7130H7580H738H8199H6153H2061H1633H1242 4Its prophets are arrogant liars seeking their own gain. Its priests defile the Temple by disobeying God’s instructions.H5030H6348H900H582H3548H2490H6944H2554H8451 5But the Lord is still there in the city, and he does no wrong. Day by day he hands down justice, and he does not fail. But the wicked know no shame.H6662H3068H7130H6213H5766H1242H1242H5414H4941H216H5737H5767H3045H1322 6“I have wiped out many nations, devastating their fortress walls and towers. Their streets are now deserted; their cities lie in silent ruin. There are no survivors - none at all.H3772H1471H6438H8074H2351H2717H5674H5892H6658H376H3427 7I thought, ‘Surely they will have reverence for me now! Surely they will listen to my warnings. Then I won’t need to strike again, destroying their homes.’ But no, they get up early to continue their evil deeds.H559H3372H3947H4148H4583H3772H834H3605H6485H403H7925H7843H5949 8Therefore, be patient,” says the Lord. “Soon I will stand and accuse these evil nations. For I have decided to gather the kingdoms of the earth and pour out my fiercest anger and fury on them. All the earth will be devoured by the fire of my jealousy.H2442H5002H3068H3117H6965H5706H4941H622H1471H6908H4467H8210H2195H2740H639H776H398H784H7068 9“Then I will purify the speech of all people, so that everyone can worship the Lord together.H2015H5971H1305H8193H7121H8034H3068H5647H259H7926 10My scattered people who live beyond the rivers of Ethiopia will come to present their offerings.H5676H5104H3568H6282H1323H6327H2986H4503 11On that day you will no longer need to be ashamed, for you will no longer be rebels against me. I will remove all proud and arrogant people from among you. There will be no more haughtiness on my holy mountain.H3117H954H5949H6586H5493H7130H5947H1346H3254H1361H6944H2022 12Those who are left will be the lowly and humble, for it is they who trust in the name of the Lord.H7604H7130H6041H1800H5971H2620H8034H3068 13The remnant of Israel will do no wrong; they will never tell lies or deceive one another. They will eat and sleep in safety, and no one will make them afraid.”H7611H3478H6213H5766H1696H3577H8649H3956H4672H6310H7462H7257H2729 14Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!H7442H1323H6726H7321H3478H8055H5937H3820H1323H3389 15For the Lord will remove his hand of judgment and will disperse the armies of your enemy. And the Lord himself, the King of Israel, will live among you! At last your troubles will be over, and you will never again fear disaster.H3068H5493H4941H6437H341H4428H3478H3068H7130H7200H7451 16On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be, “Cheer up, Zion! Don’t be afraid!H3117H559H3389H3372H6726H3027H7503 17For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”H3068H430H7130H1368H3467H7797H8057H2790H160H1523H7440 18“I will gather you who mourn for the appointed festivals; you will be disgraced no more.H622H3013H4150H2781H4864 19And I will deal severely with all who have oppressed you. I will save the weak and helpless ones; I will bring together those who were chased away. I will give glory and fame to my former exiles, wherever they have been mocked and shamed.H6256H6213H6031H3467H6760H6908H5080H7760H8416H8034H776H1322 20On that day I will gather you together and bring you home again. I will give you a good name, a name of distinction, among all the nations of the earth, as I restore your fortunes before their very eyes. I, the Lord, have spoken!”H6256H935H6256H6908H5414H8034H8416H5971H776H7725H7622H5869H559H3068


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