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Woe to Oppressive Jerusalem
1Woe to the city that is rebellious # Or filthy #Ex 23:21Dt 9:24Ps 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 1:8Mt 7:15Ac 20:29
which leave nothing for # Or that had nothing to gnaw in the morning.
4Her prophets are reckless #Jdg 9:4
treacherous men.
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 44:2Zph 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 3:21Ps 33:20Is 8:17|NoBook| 30:18|NoBook| 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 69:24Ezk 21:31|NoBook| 22:31Nah 1:6 on them,
all My burning anger;
for the whole earth will be consumed
by the fire of My jealousy. #Dt 29:20Ps 79:5Zch 1:14|NoBook| 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 2:252Sm 19:5Ps 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 45:72Kg 19:31Jr 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 42:28Jr 50:19Ezk 34:14Mc 4:4|NoBook| 7:14
14Sing for joy, Daughter Zion;
shout loudly, Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
Daughter Jerusalem!
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|NoBook| 50:43
17Yahweh your God is among you,
a warrior #Jos 1:14Jb 16:14Ps 78:65 who saves.
He will rejoice over you #Dt 28:63|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 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 42:10Jr 29:14Ezk 39:25Hs 6:11Jl 3:1 before your eyes.
Yahweh has spoken.

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