Zephaniah 3:8-20

A. YHWH gathers the nations for judgment and salvation
8  Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD,
until the day that I rise up to the prey:
for my determination is to gather (asaph) the nations,
that I may assemble  (qabas) the kingdoms,
to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger:
for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language,
that they may all call upon the name of the LORD,
to serve him with one consent.
10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants,
even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.

B. Jews in the land humble and trust YHWH
11 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings,
wherein thou hast transgressed against me:
for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride,
and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.
12 I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people,
and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.
13 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies;
neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth:
for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

C. 14 Sing, O daughter of Zion;  shout, O Israel;
be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.
15 The Lord hath taken away thy judgments,
he hath cast out thine enemy:
the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee:

thou shalt not see evil any more.

B’. YHWH saves Jerusalem
16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not:
and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.
17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty;
he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy;
he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

A’. YHWH regathers and elevated the Jews
18 I will gather (asaph) them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.
19 Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee:
and I will save her that halteth,
and gather (qabas) her that was driven out;
and I will get them praise and fame
in every land where they have been put to shame.
20 At that time will I bring you again,
even in the time that I gather (qabas) you:
for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth,
when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.

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