Woe to Oppressive Jerusalem 3 1Woe to the city that is rebellious[P] and defiled, the oppressive city! 2She has not obeyed; she has not accepted discipline. She has not trusted in Yahweh; she has not drawn near to her God. 3The[Q] princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are wolves of the night, which leave nothing for[R] the morning. 4Her prophets are reckless— treacherous men. Her priests profane the sanctuary; they do violence to instruction. 5The righteous Lord is in her; He does no wrong. He applies His justice morning by morning; He does not fail at dawn, yet the one who does wrong knows no shame. 6I have cut off nations; their corner towers are destroyed. I have laid waste their streets, with no one to pass through. Their cities lie devastated, without a person, without an inhabitant. 7I thought: You will certainly fear Me and accept correction. Then her dwelling place[S] would not be cut off based on all that I had allocated to her. However, they became more corrupt in all their actions. 8Therefore, wait for Me— this is the Lord’s declaration— until the day I rise up for plunder.[T] For My decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, in order to pour out My indignation on them, all My burning anger; for the whole earth will be consumed by the fire of My jealousy. Final Restoration Promised 9For I will then restore pure speech to the peoples so that all of them may call on the name of Yahweh and serve Him with a single purpose.[U] 10From beyond the rivers of Cush My supplicants, My dispersed people, will bring an offering to Me. 11On that day you[V] will not be put to shame because of everything you have done in rebelling against Me. For then I will remove your proud, arrogant people from among you, and you will never again be haughty on My holy mountain. 12I will leave a meek and humble people among you, and they will take refuge in the name of Yahweh. 13The remnant of Israel will no longer do wrong or tell lies; a deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouths. But they will pasture and lie down, with nothing to make them afraid. 14Sing for joy, Daughter Zion; shout loudly, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem! 15The Lord has removed your punishment; He has turned back your enemy. The King of Israel, Yahweh, is among you; you need no longer fear harm. 16On that day it will be said to Jerusalem: “Do not fear; Zion, do not let your hands grow weak. 17Yahweh your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will bring you quietness[W] with His love. He will delight in you with shouts of joy.” 18I will gather those who have been driven from the appointed festivals; they will be a tribute from you[X] and a reproach on her.[Y] 19Yes, at that time I will deal with all who afflict you. I will save the lame and gather the scattered; I will make those who were disgraced throughout the earth receive praise and fame. 20At that time I will bring you[Z] back, yes, at the time I will gather you. I will give you fame and praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes. Yahweh has spoken.
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