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Zephaniah 3:11-13


3:11 In that day you 1  will not be ashamed of all your rebelliousness against me, 2 

for then I will remove from your midst those who proudly boast, 3 

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, 4 

and they will find safety in the Lord’s presence. 5 

3:13 The Israelites who remain 6  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 sheep 7  and lie down;

no one will terrify them.”

1 sn The second person verbs and pronouns are feminine singular, indicating that personified Jerusalem is addressed here.

2 tn Heb “In that day you not be ashamed because of all your actions, [in] which you rebelled against me.”

3 tn Heb “the arrogant ones of your pride.”

4 tn Heb “needy and poor people.” The terms often refer to a socioeconomic group, but here they may refer to those who are humble in a spiritual sense.

5 tn Heb “and they will take refuge in the name of the Lord.”

sn Safety in the Lord’s presence. From the time the Lord introduced his special covenant name (Yahweh) to Moses, it served as a reminder of his protective presence as Israel’s faithful deliverer.

6 tn Or “the remnant of Israel.”

7 tn The words “peacefully like sheep” are supplied in the translation for clarification.

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