A sharp reproof of Jerusalem for divers sins.
Zephaniah 3:1 Woe to her that is filthie and polluted, to the robbing citie. Zephaniah 3:2 She heard not the voyce: 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 as roaring lyons: her iudges are as wolues in the euening, which leaue not the bones till the morow. Zephaniah 3:4 Her prophets are light, and wicked persons: her priests haue polluted the Sanctuarie: they haue wrested the Lawe. Zephaniah 3:5 The iust Lord is in the middes thereof: he will doe none iniquitie: euery morning doeth hee bring his iudgement to light, he faileth not: but the wicked will not learne to be ashamed. Zephaniah 3:6 I haue cut off the nations: their towres are desolate: I haue made their streetes waste, that none shal passe by: their cities are destroyed without man and without inhabitant. Zephaniah 3:7 I said, Surely thou wilt feare me: thou wilt receiue instruction: so their dwelling shoulde not be destroyed howsoeuer I visited them, but they rose earely and corrupted all their workes.
An exhortation to wait for the restoration of Israel,
Zephaniah 3:8 Therefore wait ye vpon me, saith the Lord, vntill the day that I rise vp to the praye: for I am determined to gather the nations, and that I will assemble the kingdomes to powre vpon them mine indignation, euen all my fierce wrath: for all the earth shall be deuoured with the fire of my ielousie. Zephaniah 3:9 Surely 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 cosent. Zephaniah 3:10 From beyonde the riuers of Ethiopia, the daughter of my dispersed, praying vnto me, shall bring me an offering. Zephaniah 3:11 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy workes, wherein thou hast transgressed against mee: for then I will take away out of the middes of thee them that reioyce of thy pride, and thou shalt no more be proude of mine holy Mountaine. Zephaniah 3:12 Then will I leaue in the middes of thee an humble and poore people: and they shall trust in the Name of the Lord. Zephaniah 3:13 The remnant of Israel shal do none iniquitie, nor speake lies: neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shalbe fed, and lie downe, and none shall make them afraide.
and to rejoice for their salvation by God.
Zephaniah 3:14 Reioyce, O daughter Zion: be ye ioyfull, O Israel: be glad and reioyce with all thine heart, O daughter Ierusalem. Zephaniah 3:15 The Lorde hath taken away thy iudgements: hee hath cast out thine enemie: the King of Israel, euen the Lord is in the middes of thee: thou shalt see no more euill. Zephaniah 3:16 In that day it shalbe said to Ierusalem, Feare thou not, O Zion: let not thine handes be faint. Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord thy God in the middes of thee is mightie: hee will saue, hee will reioyce ouer thee with ioye: he will quiet himselfe in his loue: he will reioyce ouer thee with ioy. Zephaniah 3:18 After a certaine time will I gather the afflicted that were of thee, and them that bare the reproch for it. Zephaniah 3:19 Beholde, at that time I will bruise all that afflict thee, and I will saue her that halteth, and gather her that was cast out, and I will get them praise and fame in all the landes of their shame. Zephaniah 3:20 At that time wil I bring you againe, & then wil I gather you: for I wil giue you a name & a praise among all people of the earth, when I turne backe your captiuitie before your eyes, saith the Lorde.