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3:1  Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled, The oppressive city!
3:2  She obeyed no voice, She accepted no discipline. She did not trust in the Lord, She did not approach her God.
3:3  Her leaders within her are roaring lions, Her judges are wolves at evening; They have no bones to gnaw in the morning.
3:4  Her prophets are insolent, treacherous men; Her priests have profaned the sanctuary. They have done violence to the Law.
3:5  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 criminal knows no shame.
3:6  “I have eliminated nations; Their corner towers are deserted. I have laid waste their streets, With no one passing by; Their cities have been laid waste, Without a person, without an inhabitant.
3:7  I said, ‘You will certainly revere Me, You will accept discipline.’ So her dwelling will not be eliminated In accordance with everything that I have stipulated for her. Instead, they were eager to corrupt all their deeds.
3:8  “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.
3:9  For then I will restore to the peoples pure lips, So that all of them may call on the name of the Lord, To serve Him shoulder to shoulder.
3:10  From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshipers, My dispersed ones, Will bring My offerings.
3:11  On 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, arrogant ones, And you will never again be haughty On My holy mountain.
3:12  But I will leave among you A humble and lowly people, And they will take refuge in the name of the Lord.
3:13  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 frighten them.”
3:14  Shout for joy, daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, Israel! Rejoice and triumph with all your heart, Daughter of Jerusalem!
3:15  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 no longer fear disaster.
3:16  On that day it will be said to Jerusalem: “Do not be afraid, Zion; Do not let your hands fall limp.
3:17  The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will rejoice over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
3:18  I will gather those who are worried about the appointed feasts— They came from you, Zion; The disgrace of exile is a burden on them.
3:19  Behold, I am going to deal at that time With all your oppressors; I will save those who limp And gather the scattered, And I will turn their shame into praise and fame In all the earth.
3:20  At that time I will bring you in, Even at the time when I gather you together; Indeed, I will make you famous and praiseworthy Among all the peoples of the earth, When I restore your fortunes before your eyes,” Says the Lord.