Zephaniah 3:1-7*

A. 1 Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled,
the oppressing city!
2 She listens to no voice;
she accepts no correction. 
She does not trust in the Lord;
she does not draw near to her God.

B. 3 Her officials within her
are roaring lions;
her judges are evening wolves
that leave nothing till the morning.
4 Her prophets are fickle, treacherous men;
her priests profane what is holy;
they do violence to the law.

B’. 5 The Lord within her is righteous;
he does no injustice;
every morning he shows forth his justice;
each dawn he does not fail;
but the unjust knows no shame.

A’. 6 “I have cut off nations;
their battlements are in ruins;
I have laid waste their streets
so that no one walks in them;
their cities have been made desolate,
without a man, without an inhabitant.

7 I said, ‘Surely you will fear me;
you will accept correction. 
Then your dwelling would not be cut off
according to all that I have appointed against you.’
But all the more they were eager
to make all their deeds corrupt.

One thought on “Zephaniah 3:1-7*”

  1. Dorsey has a chiasm from 3:1-7 which links “city” in verse 1 and 6 as well as “correction’ in verses 2 and 7. “Judges” in v3 and “judgment” inverse 5 are cognate words. The centre is the same.

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