A sharp reproof of Jerusalem for divers sins.
Zephaniah 3:1 Woe to her that is filthie and polluted, to the oppressing citie. Zephaniah 3:2 She obeyed not the voice: she receiued not correction: she trusted not in the LORD: she drew not neere to her God. Zephaniah 3:3 Her princes within her are roaring lyons; her Iudges [are] euening wolues, they gnaw not the bones till the morrow. Zephaniah 3:4 Her prophets are light [and] treacherous persons: her priests haue polluted the Sanctuarie, they haue done violence to the Law. Zephaniah 3:5 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. Zephaniah 3:6 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. Zephaniah 3:7 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.
An exhortation to wait for the restoration of Israel,
Zephaniah 3:8 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. Zephaniah 3:9 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. Zephaniah 3:10 From beyond the riuers of Ethiopia, my suppliants, [euen] the daughter of my dispersed shal bring mine offring. Zephaniah 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 reioyce in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of mine holy mountaine. Zephaniah 3:12 I will also leaue in the middest of thee an afflicted and poore people: and they shall trust in the Name of the LORD. Zephaniah 3:13 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.
and to rejoice for their salvation by God.
Zephaniah 3:14 Sing, O daughter of Zion: shout, O Israel: be glad and reioyce with all the heart, O daughter of Ierusalem. Zephaniah 3:15 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. Zephaniah 3:16 In that day it shall be said to Ierusalem, Feare thou not: [and] to Zion, Let not thine hands be slacke. Zephaniah 3:17 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. Zephaniah 3:18 I will gather them that are sorrowfull for the solemne assembly, who are of thee, [to whom] the reproch of it [was] a burden. Zephaniah 3:19 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. Zephaniah 3:20 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.