Jerusalem is Corrupt
3:1 The filthy,1 stained city is as good as dead;
the city filled with oppressors is finished!2
3:2 She is disobedient;3
she refuses correction.4
She does not trust the
she does not seek the advice of5 her God.
3:3 Her princes6 are as fierce as roaring lions;7
her rulers8 are as hungry as wolves in the desert,9
who completely devour their prey by morning.10
3:4 Her prophets are proud;11
they are deceitful men.
Her priests defile what is holy;12
they break God’s laws.13
3:5 The just
he commits no unjust acts.15
Every morning he reveals16 his justice.
At dawn he appears without fail.17
Yet the unjust know no shame.
The Lord’s Judgment will Purify
3:6 “I destroyed18 nations;
their walled cities19 are in ruins.
I turned their streets into ruins;
no one passes through them.
Their cities are desolate;20
no one lives there.21
3:7 I thought,22 ‘Certainly you will respect23 me!
Now you will accept correction!’
If she had done so, her home24 would not be destroyed25
by all the punishments I have threatened.26
But they eagerly sinned
in everything they did.27
3:8 Therefore you must wait patiently28 for me,” says the
“for the day when I attack and take plunder.29
I have decided30 to gather nations together
and assemble kingdoms,
so I can pour out my fury on them –
all my raging anger.
For31 the whole earth will be consumed
by my fiery anger.
3:9 Know for sure that I will then enable
the nations to give me acceptable praise.32
All of them will invoke the
and will worship him in unison.34
3:10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia,35
those who pray to me36 will bring me tribute.
3:11 In that day you37 will not be ashamed of all your rebelliousness against me,38
for then I will remove from your midst those who proudly boast,39
and you will never again be arrogant on my holy hill.
3:12 I will leave in your midst a humble and meek group of people,40
and they will find safety in the
3:13 The Israelites who remain42 will not act deceitfully.
They will not lie,
and a deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouth.
Indeed, they will graze peacefully like sheep43 and lie down;
no one will terrify them.”
3:14 Shout for joy, Daughter Zion!44
Shout out, Israel!
Be happy and boast with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem!
he has turned back your enemy.
Israel’s king, the
You no longer need to fear disaster.
3:16 On that day they will say46 to Jerusalem,
“Don’t be afraid, Zion!
Your hands must not be paralyzed from panic!47
he is a warrior who can deliver.
He takes great delight in you;48
he renews you by his love;49
he shouts for joy over you.”50
3:18 “As for those who grieve because they cannot attend the festivals –
I took them away from you;
they became tribute and were a source of shame to you.51
3:19 Look, at that time I will deal with those who mistreated you.
I will rescue the lame sheep52
and gather together the scattered sheep.
I will take away their humiliation
and make the whole earth admire and respect them.53
3:20 At that time I will lead you –
at the time I gather you together.54
Be sure of this!55 I will make all the nations of the earth respect and admire you56
when you see me restore you,”57 says the