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3:1  Woe to her who is filthy, defiled; woe to the tyrant city!
3:2  She wouldn’t listen to the voice, wouldn’t receive correction; she didn’t trust in Adonai, didn’t draw close to her God.
3:3  Her leaders there with her are roaring lions, her judges desert wolves, who don’t leave even a bone for tomorrow.
3:4  Her prophets are reckless, treacherous men; her cohanim profane the holy and do violence to Torah.
3:5  Adonai, who is righteous, is there among them; he never does anything wrong. Every morning he renders his judgment, every morning, without fail; yet the wrongdoer knows no shame.
3:6  “I have cut off nations, their battlements are ruined; I have made their streets ruins, no one walks in them. Their cities are destroyed, abandoned, unpeopled.
3:7  I said, ‘Surely now you will fear me, you will receive correction’; so that her place will not be cut off by all the punishments I brought on her. But no, they only grew all the more eager to be corrupt in all that they do.
3:8  Therefore, wait for me,” says Adonai, “for the day when I rise to witness against you, when I decide to assemble nations, to gather kingdoms together, to pour on them my indignation, all my furious anger; for all the earth will be consumed in the fire of my passion.
3:9  For then I will change the peoples, so that they will have pure lips, to call on the name of Adonai, all of them, and serve him with one accord.
3:10  Even from beyond Ethiopia’s rivers they will bring those who petition me, the daughter of my dispersed as my offering.
3:11  When that day comes, you will not be ashamed of everything you have done, committing wrongs against me; for then I will remove from among you those of you who take joy in arrogance; you will no longer be full of pride on my holy mountain.
3:12  I will leave among you a poor and afflicted people, who will find their refuge in the name of Adonai.”
3:13  The remnant of Isra’el will not do wrong, nor will they speak lies, nor will there be found in their mouths a tongue given over to deceit; for they will be able to graze and lie down, with no one to disturb them.
3:14  Sing, daughter of Tziyon! Shout, Isra’el! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, daughter of Yerushalayim!
3:15  Adonai has removed the judgments against you, he has expelled your enemy; the king of Isra’el, Adonai, is right there with you. You no longer need to fear that anything bad will happen.
3:16  On that day, it will be said to Yerushalayim, “Do not fear, Tziyon! don’t let your hands droop down.
3:17  Adonai your God is right there with you, as a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you and be glad, he will be silent in his love, he will shout over you with joy.”
3:18  “I will gather those of yours who grieve over the appointed feasts and bear the burden of reproach [because they cannot keep them].
3:19  When that time comes, I will deal with all those who oppress you. I will save her who is lame, gather her who was driven away, and make them whose shame spread over the earth the object of praise and renown.
3:20  When that time comes, I will bring you in; when that time comes, I will gather you and make you the object of fame and praise among all the peoples of the earth — when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,” says Adonai.