King James VersionZephaniah3


1 Woe to her that is filthy and pol­lut­ed, to the op­press­ing city! 2 She obeyed not the voice; she re­ceived not cor­rec­tion; she trust­ed not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God. 3 Her princes with­in her are roar­ing li­ons; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the mor­row. 4 Her prophets are light and treach­er­ous per­sons: her priests have pol­lut­ed the sanc­tu­ary, they have done vi­o­lence to the law. 5 The just LORD is in the midst there­of; he will not do in­iq­ui­ty: ev­ery morn­ing doth he bring his judg­ment to light, he faileth not; but the un­just knoweth no shame. 6 I have cut off the na­tions: their tow­ers are des­o­late; I made their streets waste, that none pas­seth by: their cities are de­stroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none in­hab­i­tant. 7 I said, Sure­ly thou wilt fear me, thou wilt re­ceive in­struc­tion; so their dwelling should not be cut off, how­so­ev­er I pun­ished them: but they rose ear­ly, and cor­rupt­ed all their do­ings. 8 There­fore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, un­til the day that I rise up to the prey: for my de­ter­mi­na­tion is to gath­er the na­tions, that I may as­sem­ble the king­doms, to pour upon them mine in­dig­na­tion, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be de­voured with the fire of my jeal­ousy. 9 For then will I turn to the peo­ple a pure lan­guage, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one con­sent. 10 From be­yond the rivers of Ethiopia my sup­pli­ants, even the daugh­ter of my dis­persed, shall bring mine of­fer­ing. 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 re­joice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty be­cause of my holy moun­tain. 12 I will also leave in the midst of thee an af­flict­ed and poor peo­ple, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD. 13 The rem­nant of Is­rael shall not do in­iq­ui­ty, nor speak lies; nei­ther shall a de­ceit­ful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid. 14 Sing, O daugh­ter of Zion; shout, O Is­rael; be glad and re­joice with all the heart, O daugh­ter of Jerusalem. 15 The LORD hath tak­en away thy judg­ments, he hath cast out thine en­e­my: the king of Is­rael, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more. 16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack. 17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will re­joice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. 18 I will gath­er them that are sor­row­ful for the solemn as­sem­bly, who are of thee, ­to whom the re­proach of it was a bur­den. 19 Be­hold, at that time I will undo all that af­flict thee: and I will save her that hal­teth, and gath­er her that was driv­en out; and I will get them praise and fame in ev­ery land where they have been put to shame. 20 At that time will I bring you again, even 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 turn back your cap­tiv­i­ty be­fore your eyes, saith the LORD.