Bible: Zephaniah 3:8-20

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.”

3:14 Shout for joy, Daughter Zion! 17 

Shout out, Israel!

Be happy and boast with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem!

3:15 The Lord has removed the judgment against you; 18 

he has turned back your enemy.

Israel’s king, the Lord, is in your midst!

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 

3:17 The Lord your God is in your midst;

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 

3:18As 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 

Be sure of this! 28  I will make all the nations of the earth respect and admire you 29 

when you see me restore you,” 30  says the Lord.

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