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3:1  Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled, the oppressing city.
3:2  She obeys no voice, she receives no correction; she does not trust in the Lord, she does not draw near to her God.
3:3  Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves who leave nothing until the morning.
3:4  Her prophets are reckless, treacherous men; her priests have profaned the sanctuary and done violence to the law.
3:5  The Lord is righteous in her midst; He does no unrighteousness. Every morning He brings His justice to light; He does not fail, but the unjust knows no shame.
3:6  I have cut off nations, their strongholds are devastated; I have made their streets desolate, with no one passing by. Their cities are destroyed; there is no man, no inhabitant.
3:7  I said, “Surely you will fear Me; and you will receive correction.” So her dwelling will not be cut off, according to all that I have appointed against her. But they were more eager to corrupt all their deeds.
3:8  Therefore wait for Me, declares the Lord, until the day when I rise up to seize the plunder; for My decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour on them My indignation, all My fierce anger; for all the earth will be devoured with the fire of My jealousy.
3:9  For then I will restore to the peoples a pure speech that all of them may call on the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord.
3:10  From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshippers, the daughter of My dispersed ones, will bring My offering.
3:11  On that day you will not be ashamed for all your deeds by which you have transgressed against Me; for then I will remove from your midst those who rejoice in your pride, and you will no longer be haughty in My holy mountain.
3:12  But I will leave in your midst a meek and humble people, and they will trust in the name of the Lord.
3:13  The remnant of Israel will do no unrighteousness, nor speak lies; nor will a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth; for they will feed and lie down, and no one will make them afraid.
3:14  Sing, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!
3:15  The Lord has taken away your judgments, He has cast out your enemies. The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you will see evil no more.
3:16  On that day it will be said to Jerusalem: Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands be slack.
3:17  The Lord your God is in your midst, a Mighty One, who will save. He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will renew you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.
3:18  I will gather those who grieve for the appointed festival, which is a reproach and burden on you.
3:19  At that time I will deal with all who oppress you; I will save the lame and gather the outcast; I will give them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.
3:20  At that time I will bring you in, at the time when I gather you; for I will make you renowned and praised among all peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the Lord.