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3:1  Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!
3:2  She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God.
3:3  Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves, they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.
3:4  Her prophets are light and treacherous persons; her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.
3:5  The just Lord is in the midst thereof; He will not do iniquity: Every morning doth He bring His judgment to light, He faileth not. But the unjust knoweth no shame.
3:6  “I have cut off the nations; their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by; their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is no inhabitant.
3:7  I said, ‘Surely thou wilt fear Me, thou wilt receive instruction’—so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them; but they rose early and corrupted all their doings.
3:8  “Therefore wait ye upon Me,” saith the Lord, “until the day that I rise up to the prey; for My determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them Mine indignation, even all My fierce anger; for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of My jealousy.
3:9  For then will I return to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord.
3:10  From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My suppliants—even the daughter of My dispersed—shall bring Mine offering.
3:11  “In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings wherein thou hast transgressed against Me; for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of My holy mountain.
3:12  I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord.
3:13  The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity nor speak lies, neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth; for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.”
3:14  Sing, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!
3:15  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.
3:16  In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, “Fear thou not”; and to Zion, “Let not thine hands be slack.
3:17  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.”
3:18  “I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.
3:19  Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee; and I will save her that is halt, 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.
3:20  At that time will I bring you back, 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 bring back your captives before your eyes,” saith the Lord.