Zephania 3:1-13

1 Woe to the city of oppressors, rebellious and defiled!
2 She obeys no one, she accepts no correction.
She does not trust in the Lord, she does not draw near to
he God.
3 Her officials within her are roaring lions; her rulers are
evening wolves, who leave nothing for the morning.
4 Her prophets are unprincipled; they are treacherous people.
Her priests profane the sanctuary and do no violence to the law.
5 The Lord within her is righteous; he does no wrong.
Morning by morning he dispenses his justice,
and every new day he does not fail, yet the unrighteous know
no shame.

6 “I have destroyed nations; their strongholds are demolished.
I have left their streets deserted, with no one passing through.
Their cities are laid waste; they are deserted and empty.
7 Of Jerusalem I thought, ‘Surely you will fear me and accept
correction!’ Then her place of refuge would not be destroyed,
nor all my punishments come upon her.
But they were still eager to act corruptly in all they did.
8 Therefore wait for me,” declares the Lord, “for the day I will
stand to testify. I have decided to assemble the nations to
gather the kingdoms and to pour out my wrath on them –
all my fierce anger. The whole world will be consumed by
the fire of my jealous anger.

9 “Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them
may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder
to shoulder.
10 From beyond the rivers of Cush my worshippers, my scattered
people, will bring me offerings.
11 On that day you, Jerusalem, will not be put to shame for
all the wrongs you have done to me because I will remove
from you your arrogant boasters. Never again will you be
haughty on my holy hill.
12 But I will leave within you the meek and humble. The
remnant of Israel will trust in the name of the Lord.
13 They will do no wrong; they will tell no lies.
A deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouths.
They will eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid.”


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