Zephaniah Chapter 3
(Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 A sharpe reproofe of Ierusalem for diuers sinnes. 8 An exhortation to wait for the restauration of Israel: 14 and to reioyce for their saluation by God.
Woe to her that is filthie and polluted, to the oppressing citie.1
She obeyed not the voice: she receiued not correction: she trusted not in the Lord: she drew not neere to her God.2
Her princes within her are roaring lyons; her Iudges are euening wolues, they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.3
Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests haue polluted the Sanctuarie, they haue done violence to the Law.4
The iust Lord is in the middest thereof: he will not doe iniquitie: euery morning doeth hee bring his iudgement to light, he faileth not: but the vniust knoweth no shame.5
I haue cut off the nations: their towres are desolate, I made their streetes waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroied, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant.6
I said, Surely thou wilt feare mee: thou wilt receiue instruction: so their dwelling should not bee cut off, howsoeuer I punished them: but they rose early, & corrupted all their doings.
¶ Therefore waite ye vpon mee, sayth the Lord, vntill the day that I rise vp to the pray: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdomes to powre vpon them mine indignation, euen all my fierce anger: for all the earth shalbe deuoured with the fire of my iealousie.8
For then will I turne to the people a pure language, that they may all call vpon the Name of the Lord, to serue him with one consent.9
From beyond the riuers of Ethiopia, my suppliants, euen the daughter of my dispersed shal bring mine offring.
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 reioyce in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of mine holy mountaine.11
I will also leaue in the middest of thee an afflicted and poore people: and they shall trust in the Name of the Lord.
The remnant of Israel shall not doe iniquitie, nor speake lies: neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feede, and lie downe, and none shall make them afraid.
¶ Sing, O daughter of Zion: shout, O Israel: be glad and reioyce with all the heart, O daughter of Ierusalem.14
The Lord hath taken away thy iudgements, he hath cast out thine enemy: the King of Israel, euen the Lord is in the middest of thee: thou shalt not see euill any more.
In that day it shall be said to Ierusalem, Feare thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slacke.16
The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mightie: hee will saue, he will reioyce ouer thee with ioy: hee will rest in his loue, hee will ioy ouer thee with singing.17
I will gather them that are sorrowfull for the solemne assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproch of it was a burden.18
Behold, at that time I will vndoe all that afflict thee, and I will saue her that halteth, and gather her that was driuen out, and I will get them praise and fame in euery land, where they haue beene put to shame.19
At that time will I bring you againe euen 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 turne backe your captiuitie before your eyes, saith the Lord.
Zephaniah Chapter 3 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
1 Or, gluttenous. Heb. craw.
2 Or, instruction.
3 Ezek.22. 27. mic.3. 11.
4 Ier.23.11. hose.9.7. , Ezek.22. 26.
5 Heb. morning by morning.
6 Or, corners.
9 Heb. lip. , Heb. shoulder.
11 Heb. in my holy.
14 Isai 12.6. and 54.1.
16 Or, faint.
17 Heb. he will be silent.
18 Heb. the burden vpon it was reproch.
19 Mic.4.7. , Heb. I will set them for a praise. , Hebr. of their shame.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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