Bible: Zephaniah 3:8-20
3:8 Therefore you must wait patiently 1 for me,” says the
“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
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.
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
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.”
3:14 Shout for joy, Daughter Zion! 17
Shout out, Israel!
Be happy and boast with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem!
he has turned back your enemy.
Israel’s king, the
You no longer need to fear disaster.
3:16 On that day they will say 19 to Jerusalem,
“Don’t be afraid, Zion!
Your hands must not be paralyzed from panic! 20
he is a warrior who can deliver.
He takes great delight in you; 21
he renews you by his love; 22
he shouts for joy over you.” 23
3:18 “As for those who grieve because they cannot attend the festivals –
I took them away from you;
they became tribute and were a source of shame to you. 24
3:19 Look, at that time I will deal with those who mistreated you.
I will rescue the lame sheep 25
and gather together the scattered sheep.
I will take away their humiliation
and make the whole earth admire and respect them. 26
3:20 At that time I will lead you –
at the time I gather you together. 27
when you see me restore you,” 30 says the