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Zephaniah 3

A sharp reproof of Jerusalem for divers sins.

Zephaniah 3:1 Wo to that abhominable, filthy, and cruel citie. Zephaniah 3:2 She hearde not the voyce, she receaued not correction, she trusted not in the Lorde, she drewe not neare to her God. Zephaniah 3:3 Her rulers within her are as roaring lions, her iudges are as wolues in the euening, whiche leaue nothing behinde them till the morowe. Zephaniah 3:4 Her prophetes are light persons & vnfaythful men, her priestes haue polluted the sanctuarie, & haue wrested the law. Zephaniah 3:5 But the iust Lord that doth no vnright, was in the middes therof, euery morning shewing them his lawe clearly, and ceassed not: but the vngodly will not learne to be ashamed. Zephaniah 3:6 I haue destroyed the nations, their towres are desolate, I haue made their streetes wast, that none shall passe by: their cities are destroyed, without man, and without inhabitaunt. Zephaniah 3:7 I sayde vnto them, O feare me, and be content to be refourmed, so their dwelling shoulde not be destroyed howe soeuer I visited them: But neuerthelesse, they rose vp early, and corrupted all their workes.

An exhortation to wait for the restoration of Israel,

Zephaniah 3:8 Therfore wayte ye vpon me, sayth the Lorde, vntill the time that I ryse vp to the pray: for I am determined to gather the people, & to bring the kingdomes together, that I may poure out myne anger, yea all my wrathfull displeasure vpon them: For all the earth shalbe consumed with the fire of my ielousie. Zephaniah 3:9 And then will I clense the lippes of the people, that they may euery one call vpon the name of the Lorde, and serue him with one consent. Zephaniah 3:10 From beyonde the riuers of Ethiopia, the daughter of my dispearsed prayng vnto me, shall bring me an offering. Zephaniah 3:11 In that time shalt thou no more be confounded, because of all the imaginations wherethorowe thou haddest offended me: for I will take away the proude boasters of thyne honour from thee, so that thou shalt no more triumph because of my holy hill. Zephaniah 3:12 In thee also will I leaue a smal poore simple people, whiche shall trust in the name of the Lorde. Zephaniah 3:13 The remnaunt of Israel shall do no wickednesse, nor speake lyes, neither shall there any deceytfull tongue be found in their mouthes: For they shalbe fed, and take their rest, and no man shall make them afrayde.

and to rejoice for their salvation by God.

Zephaniah 3:14 Reioyce O daughter Sion, be ioyfull O Israel: reioyce and be glad from thy whole heart O daughter Hierusalem, Zephaniah 3:15 For the Lorde hath taken away thy punishment, & hath cast out thyne enemies: The king of Israel, euen the Lord him selfe is with thee, so that thou nedest no more to feare any misfortune. Zephaniah 3:16 In that time it shalbe sayde to Hierusalem, Feare not: and to Sion, Let not thyne handes be flacke: Zephaniah 3:17 For the Lorde thy God in the mids of thee is mightie, he will saue [thee] he wil reioyce ouer thee with ioy, he wil quiet him selfe in his loue, he will reioyce ouer thee with gladnesse. Zephaniah 3:18 After a certayne time will I gather the afflicted that were of thee, and them that bare the reproche for it. Zephaniah 3:19 And behold, in that time will I destroy all those that vexe thee, I will helpe the lame, and gather vp the castaway: yea I will get them prayse and honour in al landes, where they haue ben put to shame. Zephaniah 3:20 At the same time will I bring you againe, & at the same time will I gather you: I will get you a name and a good report among all people of the earth, when I turne backe your captiuitie before your eyes, sayth the Lorde.

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