Woe to Oppressive Jerusalem
1Woe to the city that is rebellious # Or filthy # Ex 23:21; Dt 9:24; Ps 106:43 and defiled, # Is 59:3
the oppressive city!
2She has not obeyed; # 1Sm 15:22
she has not accepted discipline. # Jb 5:17
She has not trusted # Pr 3:5 in Yahweh;
she has not drawn near to her God.
3The # Lit Her princes within her are roaring lions; # Ezk 22:25
her judges are wolves of the night, # Hab 1:8; Mt 7:15; Ac 20:29
which leave nothing for # Or that had nothing to gnaw in the morning.
4Her prophets are reckless # Jdg 9:4 —
Her priests profane the sanctuary;
they do violence to instruction. # Ezk 22:26
5The righteous Lord is in her; # Ps 129:4
He does no wrong. # Ps 92:15
He applies His justice morning by morning;
He does not fail at dawn,
yet the one who does wrong knows no shame. # Jr 8:12
6I have cut off nations;
their corner towers # Zph 1:16 are destroyed.
I have laid waste their streets,
with no one to pass through.
Their cities lie devastated,
without a person, without an inhabitant. # Jr 44:2; Zph 2:5
7I thought: You will certainly fear Me
and accept correction.
Then her dwelling place # LXX, Syr read her eyes
would not be cut off
based on all that I had allocated to her.
However, they became more corrupt
in all their actions.
8Therefore, wait for Me # Jb 3:21; Ps 33:20; Is 8:17; 30:18; 64:4 —
this is the Lord’s declaration —
until the day I rise up for plunder. # LXX, Syr read for a witness ; Vg reads up forever
For My decision is to gather nations,
to assemble kingdoms,
in order to pour out My indignation # Ps 69:24; Ezk 21:31; 22:31; Nah 1:6 on them,
all My burning anger;
for the whole earth will be consumed
by the fire of My jealousy. # Dt 29:20; Ps 79:5; Zch 1:14; 8:2
Final Restoration Promised
9For I will then restore
pure # Dn 12:10 speech to the peoples
so that all of them may call
on the name of Yahweh
and serve Him with a single purpose. # Lit with one shoulder
10From beyond the rivers of Cush # Is 18:1-3
My supplicants, My dispersed people,
will bring an offering to Me.
11On that day you # = Israel will not be put to shame # Gn 2:25; 2Sm 19:5; Ps 25:3
because of everything you have done
in rebelling # Is 1:2 against Me.
For then I will remove
your proud, # Jr 48:29 arrogant people from among you,
and you will never again be haughty
on My holy mountain. # Is 11:9
12I will leave
a meek and humble people # Is 66:2 among you,
and they will take refuge in the name of Yahweh.
13The remnant # Gn 45:7; 2Kg 19:31; Jr 23:3 of Israel will no longer
do wrong or tell lies;
a deceitful tongue will not be found
in their mouths.
But they will pasture and lie down,
with nothing to make them afraid. # Gn 42:28; Jr 50:19; Ezk 34:14; Mc 4:4; 7:14
14Sing for joy, Daughter Zion;
shout loudly, Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
15The Lord has removed your punishment;
He has turned back your enemy.
The King of Israel, Yahweh, is among you;
you need no longer fear harm.
16On that day it will be said to Jerusalem:
“Do not fear;
Zion, do not let your hands grow weak. # Jr 6:24; 50:43
17Yahweh your God is among you,
a warrior # Jos 1:14; Jb 16:14; Ps 78:65 who saves.
He will rejoice over you # Dt 28:63; 30:9 with gladness.
He will bring you quietness # LXX, Syr read He will renew you with His love.
He will delight in you with shouts of joy.” # Ps 30:5
18I will gather those who have been driven # Lm 1:4-5; 3:33
from the appointed festivals;
they will be a tribute from you # = Jerusalem
and a reproach on her. # Hb obscure
19Yes, at that time
I will deal with all who afflict you.
I will save the lame # Ex 14:30 and gather the scattered; # Mc 4:6
I will make those who were disgraced
throughout the earth
receive praise and fame.
20At that time I will bring you # = people of Israel back,
yes, at the time I will gather you.
I will give you fame and praise
among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes # Jb 42:10; Jr 29:14; Ezk 39:25; Hs 6:11; Jl 3:1 before your eyes.
Yahweh has spoken.