Sofonias 3

1 Woe to the city of oppressors, ¶ rebellious and defiled!

2 She obeys no one, she accepts no correction. ¶ She does not trust in the LORD, ¶ she does not draw near to her God.

3 Her officials within her are roaring lions; ¶ her rulers are evening wolves, ¶ who leave nothing for the morning.

4 Her prophets are unprincipled; they are treacherous people. ¶ Her priests profane the sanctuary ¶ and do violence to the law.

5 The LORD within her is righteous; he does no wrong. ¶ Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, ¶ and every new day he does not fail, ¶ yet the unrighteous know no shame.

6 "I have destroyed nations; ¶ their strongholds are demolished. ¶ I have left their streets deserted, ¶ with no one passing through. ¶ Their cities are laid waste; ¶ they are deserted and empty.

7 Of Jerusalem I thought, 'Surely you will fear me ¶ and accept correction!' ¶ Then her place of refuge [^1] would not be destroyed, ¶ nor all my punishments come upon [^2] her. ¶ But they were still eager ¶ to act corruptly in all they did.

8 Therefore wait for me," declares the LORD, ¶ "for the day I will stand up to testify. [^3] I have decided to assemble the nations, ¶ to gather the kingdoms ¶ and to pour out my wrath on them — ¶ all my fierce anger. ¶ The whole world will be consumed ¶ by the fire of my jealous anger.

9 "Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, ¶ that all of them may call on the name of the LORD ¶ and serve him shoulder to shoulder.

10 From beyond the rivers of Cush [^4] my worshipers, my scattered people, will bring me offerings.

11 On that day you, Jerusalem, will not be put to shame for all the wrongs you have done to me, ¶ because I will remove from you ¶ your arrogant boasters. ¶ Never again will you be haughty ¶ on my holy hill.

12 But I will leave within you the meek and humble. ¶ The remnant of Israel ¶ will trust in the name of the LORD.

13 They will do no wrong; they will tell no lies. ¶ A deceitful tongue ¶ will not be found in their mouths. ¶ They will eat and lie down ¶ and no one will make them afraid."

14 Sing, Daughter Zion; ¶ shout aloud, Israel! ¶ Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, ¶ Daughter Jerusalem!

15 The LORD has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. ¶ The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you; ¶ never again will you fear any harm.

16 On that day they will say to Jerusalem, ¶ "Do not fear, Zion; ¶ do not let your hands hang limp.

17 The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. ¶ He will take great delight in you; ¶ in his love he will no longer rebuke you, ¶ but will rejoice over you with singing."

18 "I will remove from you ¶ all who mourn over the loss of your appointed festivals, ¶ which is a burden and reproach for you.

19 At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you. ¶ I will rescue the lame; ¶ I will gather the exiles. ¶ I will give them praise and honor ¶ in every land where they have suffered shame.

20 At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home. ¶ I will give you honor and praise ¶ among all the peoples of the earth ¶ when I restore your fortunes [^5] before your very eyes," ¶ says the LORD.

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