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3:1  Woe to the city of tyrants, rebellious and defiled.
3:2  It has not heeded any warning voice, it has not accepted any correction. It has not placed its trust in the Lord; it has not drawn near to its God.
3:3  The officials within it are roaring lions; its judges are wolves of the wasteland that leave nothing in reserve for the morning.
3:4  Its prophets are arrogant; they are treacherous men. Its priests have profaned what is holy and done violence to the law.
3:5  The Lord within this city is just; he does no wrong. Morning after morning he renders judgment unfailingly at dawn.
3:6  I have cut off nations; their strongholds lie in ruins. I have laid waste their streets so that no one walks along them. Their cities have been laid waste, and now they are deserted, without inhabitants.
3:7  I thought, “Surely you will now fear me and be willing to accept correction. You will not fail to realize how I have inflicted punishments on you.” However, they only seemed more eager to make all their deeds corrupt.
3:8  Therefore, wait for me, says the Lord; wait for the day when I stand up to accuse you. For I am determined to gather nations and assemble kingdoms in order to pour forth my wrath upon them, all the heat of my anger. The entire earth will be consumed by the fire of my jealousy.
3:9  Then I will purify the lips of my people, so that all may call on the name of the Lord and serve him with one accord.
3:10  From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, my scattered ones, will bring offerings to me.
3:11  On that day you will not be put to shame as a result of all the deeds by which you have rebelled against me. For then I will remove from your midst those who are proud and arrogant, and then you will never again flaunt your pride on my holy mountain.
3:12  For I will leave in your midst those who are meek and humble; they will seek refuge in the name of the Lord.
3:13  This remnant of Israel will do no wrong and utter no lies. Nor will a deceitful tongue be found in their mouths. They will eat and lie down, and no one will cause them to be afraid.
3:14  Cry out with joy, daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel. Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter, Jerusalem.
3:15  The Lord has canceled the punishments against you; he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you need never again fear any harm.
3:16  On that day it will be said to Jerusalem: Fear not, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak.
3:17  The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior and a savior. He will rejoice over you with gladness and renew you through his love. He will exult over you with shouts of joy
3:18  as on a day of festival. I will remove your misfortune so that you no longer will need to endure reproach.
3:19  At that time I will deal with all those who oppress you. I will rescue the lame and gather the dispersed. I will win for them praise and renown throughout the whole world.
3:20  At that time I will gather you together and bring you home. 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.