Zephaniah 3

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(Zep 3:1) Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!
(Zep 3:2) She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God.
(Zep 3:3) Her princes within her {are} roaring lions; her judges {are} evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.
(Zep 3:4) Her prophets {are} light {and} treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.
(Zep 3:5) The just Lord {is} in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.
(Zep 3:6) I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant.
(Zep 3:7) I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, {and} corrupted all their doings.
(Zep 3:8) Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination {is} to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, {even} all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
(Zep 3:9) For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.
(Zep 3:10) From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, {even} the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.
(Zep 3:11) In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.
(Zep 3:12) I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord.
(Zep 3:13) The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make {them} afraid.
(Zep 3:14) Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.
(Zep 3:15) The Lord hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, {even} the Lord, {is} in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.
(Zep 3:16) In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: {and to} Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.
(Zep 3:17) The Lord thy God in the midst of thee {is} mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
(Zep 3:18) I will gather {them that are} sorrowful for the solemn assembly, {who} are of thee, {to whom} the reproach of it {was} a burden.
(Zep 3:19) Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.
(Zep 3:20) At that time will I bring you {again}, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord.
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