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Sophonia 3

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1 Woe to the unclean and defiled city, the oppressor!
2 He does not listen to his voice, he does not accept instructions, he does not trust in the Lord, he does not approach his God.
3 His princes in the midst of him are roaring lions, his judges are evening wolves that do not leave a single bone until morning.
4 His prophets are frivolous, treacherous people; his priests desecrate the shrine, trample the law.
5 The Lord is righteous in the midst of him, does not do untruth, every morning He shows His judgment invariably; but the wicked knows no shame.
6 I destroyed the nations, their strongholds were destroyed; made their streets empty, so that no one walks on them; their cities are ruined: there is not a single person, there are no inhabitants.
7 I said: `fear only Me, take instruction! ' and his dwelling shall not be destroyed, nor shall evil befall him, as I decreed about him; and they diligently tried to spoil all their actions.

eight So wait for Me, says the Lord, until that day when I will arise for devastation, for I have determined to gather nations, to convene kingdoms, to pour out My indignation on them, all the fury of My wrath; for by the fire of my jealousy will the whole earth be devoured.
nine Then again I will give the people a clean mouth, so that all may call on the name of the Lord and serve Him with one accord.
ten From the riverside countries of Ethiopia, My worshipers, the children of My scattered, will bring Me gifts.
eleven On that day you will not shame yourself with all your actions that you have sinned against Me, for then I will remove from your midst those who are conceited by your nobility, and you will no longer be extolled on My holy mountain.
12 But I will leave among you a humble and simple people, and they will trust in the name of the Lord.
13 The remnants of Israel will not do untruths, will not speak lies, and there will be no insidious language on their lips, for they themselves will graze and rest, and no one will disturb them.

fourteen Rejoice, daughter of Zion! triumph Israel! have fun and rejoice with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem!
fifteen The Lord has abolished the sentence over you; he has driven away your enemy! The Lord, the king of Israel, is in the midst of you: you will no longer see evil.
16 On that day they will say to Jerusalem: `` Do not be afraid, '' and to Zion: `` Thy hands not weaken! ''
17 The Lord your God is among you, He is able to save you; He will rejoice over you with joy, be merciful in His love, and triumph over you with glee.
18 I will gather complaints about the solemn festivities: they are yours, reproach gravitates on them.
19 Behold, I am shy of all your oppressors at that time, and I will save the lame, and gather the scattered, and I will bring them to the honor and honor in all this land of their reproach.
20 At that time I will bring you and then I will gather you, for I will make you famous and honorable among all the peoples of the earth, when I return your captivity before your eyes, says the Lord.

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