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1 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!

2 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God.

3 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.

4 Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.

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.

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.

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.

14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

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.

16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.

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.

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.

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.

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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Matthew Henry's Zephaniah Chapter 3 Bible commentary...



Further reproofs for sin. (1-7) Encouragement to look for mercy. (8-13) Promises of future favour and prosperity. (14-20)1-7 The holy God hates sin most in those nearest to him. A sinful state is, and will be, a woful state. Yet they had the tokens of God's presence, and all the advantages of knowing his will, with the strongest reasons to do it; still they persisted in disobedience. Alas, that men often are more active in doing wickedness than believers are in doing good.

8-13 The preaching of the gospel is predicted, when vengeance would be executed on the Jewish nation. The purifying doctrines of the gospel, or the pure language of the grace of the Lord, would teach men to use the language of humility, repentance, and faith. Purity and piety in common conversation is good. The pure and happy state of the church in the latter days seems intended. The Lord will shut out boasting, and leave men nothing to glory in, save the Lord Jesus, as made of God to them wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Humiliation for sin, and obligations to the Redeemer, will make true believers upright and sincere, whatever may be the case among mere professors.

14-20 After the promises of taking away sin, follow promises of taking away trouble. When the cause is removed, the effect will cease. What makes a people holy, will make them happy. The precious promises made to the purified people, were to have full accomplishment in the gospel. These verses appear chiefly to relate to the future conversion and restoration of Israel, and the glorious times which are to follow. They show the abundant peace, comfort, and prosperity of the church, in the happy times yet to come. He will save; he will be Jesus; he will answer the name, for he will save his people from their sins. Before the glorious times foretold, believers would be sorrowful, and objects of reproach. But the Lord will save the weakest believer, and cause true Christians to be greatly honoured where they had been treated with contempt. One act of mercy and grace shall serve, both to gather Israel out of their dispersions and to lead them to their own land. Then will God's Israel be made a name and a praise to eternity. The events alone can fully answer the language of this prophecy. Many are the troubles of the righteous, but they may rejoice in God's love. Surely our hearts should honour the Lord, and rejoice in him, when we hear such words of condescension and grace. If now kept from his ordinances, it is our trial and grief; but in due time we shall be gathered into his temple above. The glory and happiness of the believer will be perfect, unchangeable, and eternal, when he is freed from earthly sorrows, and brought to heavenly bliss.

 


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Eaglesrocks's Zephaniah Chapter 3 comment on 2/01/2014, 7:35am...

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.
Wow! Rejoice means spinning, jumping, dancing. God rejoices over us. He sings over us, He dances over us. Not only that he quiets us in His Love. God really does love us.

 


Judah's Zephaniah Chapter 3 comment about verse 10 on 5/12/2013, 5:19am...

In 70AD when the Southern Kingom of Israel was forced out of Israel, they fled into Cush (what is moden day East, South and Central Africa) This entire land was the Land of Ethiopia - look up old maps of the continent. Way before Africanus named the land Africa it was CUSH & EGYPT. However these ISraelites fled and have since then been nourished and continue to live in Africa, and it is pretty clear that the Most High will himself bring these Israelites back to their homeland. This was previously the land of the Hamites and it will be given back to the Hamites as scripture tells us. Remember though that this is not just spiritual - it is a fact. The Israelites disobeyed God's laws and he punished them by sending them off to Captivity,losing their identiy (hence being called the lost sheep) and being tredded upon and being called all sorts of names as the prophets prohesied. In the end times, the Most High will redeem them when they start to turn back to him.(Imagine this! All this time I thought the Jews were white) The Twelve tribes of Israel are waking up and are scattered through out the whole earth ...I am reading scripture more and more these days to find out the fulfilment of these Prophecies.

 


Sheba's Zephaniah Chapter 3 comment about verse 10 on 12/19/2012, 8:44am...

Not Jews, but the Israelites, the daughters of Ethiopia is where you will locate her, beyond the rivers, Nile, his daughters, dispersed throughout the entire world. So misused and abused, she is still seeking the Father of Heavens, her arms are out to him, even today!

 


Jesús's Zephaniah Chapter 3 comment about verse 9 on 12/19/2012, 12:58am...

If God has a name then why do some bibles choose to leave it out?

 


Denah's Zephaniah Chapter 3 comment on 12/04/2012, 9:58am...

We are living in this sinful world and that men just do what they want. The Lord is not happy about it. He will clean up this world with fire and He will establish a new earth gathering both the remnants and the outcasts of Israel and Jesus will be the good shepherd. Praise His Holy Name. Thank you Jesus for Your death and we may have eternal life.

 


Elizabeth Paul's Zephaniah Chapter 3 comment on 10/02/2012, 5:03am...

I strongly believed that those who obediently serve their God, He will not despise. The Almighty God Loves those who hear His word and take His warning seriously. God is God, What He said He will do, that is what He will do. So as many who taught that there is no God, they deceive themselves and I count them as fools.

 


Timothy Wayne George's Zephaniah Chapter 3 comment on 8/25/2012, 7:45am...

The LORD will restore a pure language, so that the people will call on the LORD with one consent. Praise God no more problems with interpretation because of all the translations. Jesus will rejoice over Israel with singing, and the poor, as well as the afflicted will put their trust in the LORD. The Messiah will bring justice to the nations, and ever lasting righteousness.

 


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