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Chapter 3

Woe to Jerusalem and the Nations

1 Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled, The tyrannical city!
2 She heeded no voice, She accepted no instruction. She did not trust in the Lord, She did not draw near to her God.
3 Her princes within her are roaring lions, Her judges are wolves at evening; They leave nothing for the morning.
4 Her prophets are reckless, treacherous men; Her priests have profaned the sanctuary. They have done violence to the law.
5 The Lord is righteous within her; He will do no injustice. Every morning He brings His justice to light; He does not fail. But the unjust knows no shame.
6 "I have cut off nations; Their corner towers are in ruins. I have made their streets desolate, With no one passing by; Their cities are laid waste, Without a man, without an inhabitant.
7 "I said, 'Surely you will revere Me, Accept instruction.' So her dwelling will not be cut off According to all that I have appointed concerning her. But they were eager to corrupt all their deeds.

8 "Therefore wait for Me," declares the Lord, "For the day when I rise up as a witness. Indeed, My decision is to gather nations, To assemble kingdoms, To pour out on them My indignation, All My burning anger; For all the earth will be devoured By the fire of My zeal.
9 "For then I will give [fn] to the peoples purified lips, That all of them may call on the name of the Lord, To serve Him shoulder [fn] to shoulder.
10 "From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshipers [fn], My [fn] dispersed ones, Will bring My offerings.
11 "In that day you will feel no shame Because of all your deeds By which you have rebelled against Me; For then I will remove from your midst Your proud, exulting ones, And you will never again be haughty On My holy mountain.

A Remnant of Israel

12 "But I will leave among you A humble and lowly people, And they will take refuge in the name of the Lord.
13 "The remnant of Israel will do no wrong And tell no lies, Nor will a deceitful tongue Be found in their mouths; For they will feed and lie down With no one to make them tremble."

14 Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has taken away His judgments against you, He has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; You will fear disaster no more.
16 In that day it will be said to Jerusalem: "Do not be afraid, O Zion; Do not let your hands fall limp.
17 "The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious [fn] warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be [fn] quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
18 "I will gather those who grieve about the appointed feasts— They came [fn] from you, O Zion; The reproach of exile is a burden on them [fn].
19 "Behold, I am going to deal at that time With all your oppressors, I will save the lame And gather the outcast, And I will turn their shame into praise and renown In all the earth.
20 "At that time I will bring you in, Even at the time when I gather you together; Indeed, I will give you renown and praise Among all the peoples of the earth, When I restore your fortunes before your eyes," Says the Lord.
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