Bible: Zephaniah 3:8-13

3:8 Therefore you must wait patiently 1  for me,” says the Lord,

“for the day when I attack and take plunder. 2 

I have decided 3  to gather nations together

and assemble kingdoms,

so I can pour out my fury on them –

all my raging anger.

For 4  the whole earth will be consumed

by my fiery anger.

3:9 Know for sure that I will then enable

the nations to give me acceptable praise. 5 

All of them will invoke the Lord’s name when they pray, 6 

and will worship him in unison. 7 

3:10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, 8 

those who pray to me 9  will bring me tribute.

3:11 In that day you 10  will not be ashamed of all your rebelliousness against me, 11 

for then I will remove from your midst those who proudly boast, 12 

and you will never again be arrogant on my holy hill.

3:12 I will leave in your midst a humble and meek group of people, 13 

and they will find safety in the Lord’s presence. 14 

3:13 The Israelites who remain 15  will not act deceitfully.

They will not lie,

and a deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouth.

Indeed, they will graze peacefully like sheep 16  and lie down;

no one will terrify them.”

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