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3:1  Ah! Rebellious and polluted, the tyrannical city!
3:2  It listens to no voice, accepts no correction; In the Lord it has not trusted, nor drawn near to its God.
3:3  Its officials within it are roaring lions; Its judges are desert wolves that have no bones to gnaw by morning.
3:4  Its prophets are reckless, treacherous people; Its priests profane what is holy, and do violence to the law.
3:5  But the Lord in its midst is just, doing no wrong; Morning after morning rendering judgment unfailingly, at dawn; the wicked, however, know no shame.
3:6  I have cut down nations, their battlements are laid waste; I have made their streets deserted, with no one passing through; Their cities are devastated, with no one dwelling in them.
3:7  I said, “Surely now you will fear me, you will accept correction; They cannot fail to see all I have brought upon them.” Yet the more eagerly they have done all their corrupt deeds.
3:8  Therefore, wait for me—oracle of the Lord— until the day when I arise as accuser; For it is my decision to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, In order to pour out upon them my wrath, all my blazing anger; For in the fire of my passion all the earth will be consumed.
3:9  For then I will make pure the speech of the peoples, That they all may call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one accord;
3:10  From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia and as far as the recesses of the North, they shall bring me offerings.
3:11  On that day You will not be ashamed of all your deeds, when you rebelled against me; For then I will remove from your midst the proud braggarts, And you shall no longer exalt yourself on my holy mountain.
3:12  But I will leave as a remnant in your midst a people humble and lowly, Who shall take refuge in the name of the Lord—
3:13  the remnant of Israel. They shall do no wrong and speak no lies; Nor shall there be found in their mouths a deceitful tongue; They shall pasture and lie down with none to disturb them.
3:14  Shout for joy, daughter Zion! sing joyfully, Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart, daughter Jerusalem!
3:15  The Lord has removed the judgment against you, he has turned away your enemies; The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear.
3:16  On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, Zion, do not be discouraged!
3:17  The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior, Who will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, Who will sing joyfully because of you,
3:18  as on festival days. I will remove disaster from among you, so that no one may recount your disgrace.
3:19  At that time I will deal with all who oppress you; I will save the lame, and assemble the outcasts; I will give them praise and renown in every land where they were shamed.
3:20  At that time I will bring you home, and at that time I will gather you; For I will give you renown and praise, among all the peoples of the earth, When I bring about your restoration before your very eyes, says the Lord.