The Lord would bring judgment on Judah, but He would restore them by sending the Messiah.

BibleGateway: Zephaniah 3:14-20

ESV Text: Zephaniah 3:14-20

Zephaniah 3:14–20 (Listen)

Israel’s Joy and Restoration


14   Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
    shout, O Israel!
  Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
    O daughter of Jerusalem!
15   The LORD has taken away the judgments against you;
    he has cleared away your enemies.
  The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst;
    you shall never again fear evil.
16   On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
  “Fear not, O Zion;
    let not your hands grow weak.
17   The LORD your God is in your midst,
    a mighty one who will save;
  he will rejoice over you with gladness;
    he will quiet you by his love;
  he will exult over you with loud singing.
18   I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival,
    so that you will no longer suffer reproach.1
19   Behold, at that time I will deal
    with all your oppressors.
  And I will save the lame
    and gather the outcast,
  and I will change their shame into praise
    and renown in all the earth.
20   At that time I will bring you in,
    at the time when I gather you together;
  for I will make you renowned and praised
    among all the peoples of the earth,
  when I restore your fortunes
    before your eyes,” says the LORD.

Footnotes

[1] 3:18 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

(ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 3

     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. 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. 18 I will gather 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 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 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 57:
O Bride of Christ, Rejoice

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. O bride of Christ, rejoice; 
Exultant raise thy voice 
To hail the day of glory 
Foretold in sacred story. 
Hosanna, praise, and glory! 
Our King, we bow before Thee. 

2. Let shouts of gladness rise 
Triumphant to the skies. 
Now comes the King most glorious 
To reign o’er all victorious: 
Hosanna, praise, and glory! 
Our King, we bow before Thee. 

3. He wears no kingly crown, 
Yet as a King is known; 
Though not arrayed in splendor, 
Hosanna, praise, and glory! 
Our King, we bow before Thee. 

4. The weak and timid find 
How meek He is and kind; 
To them He gives a treasure 
Of bliss beyond all measure. 
Hosanna, praise, and glory! 
Our King, we bow before Thee. 

5. Thy heart now open wide, 
Bid Christ with thee abide. 
He graciously will hear thee 
And be forever near thee. 
Hosanna, praise, and glory! 
Our King, we bow before Thee. 

6. Then go thy Lord to meet; 
Strew palm-leaves at His feet; 
Thy garments spread before Him 
And honor and adore Him. 
Hosanna, praise, and glory! 
Our King, we bow before Thee. 

7. E’en babes with one accord 
With thee shall praise the Lord 
And every Gentile nation 
Respond with exultation: 
Hosanna, praise, and glory! 
Our King, we bow before Thee. 


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