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Zephaniah 3:19-20

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3:19 Look, at that time I will deal with those who mistreated you.

I will rescue the lame sheep 1 

and gather together the scattered sheep.

I will take away their humiliation

and make the whole earth admire and respect them. 2 

3:20 At that time I will lead you –

at the time I gather you together. 3 

Be sure of this! 4  I will make all the nations of the earth respect and admire you 5 

when you see me restore you,” 6  says the Lord.

1 tn The word “sheep” is supplied for clarification. As in Mic 4:6-7, the exiles are here pictured as injured and scattered sheep whom the divine shepherd rescues from danger.

2 tn Heb “I will make them into praise and a name, in all the earth, their shame.” The present translation assumes that “their shame” specifies “them” and that “name” stands here for a good reputation.

3 tn In this line the second person pronoun is masculine plural, indicating that the exiles are addressed.

4 tn Or “for.”

5 tn Heb “I will make you into a name and praise among all the peoples of the earth.” Here the word “name” carries the nuance of “good reputation.”

6 tn Heb “when I restore your fortunes to your eyes.” See the note on the phrase “restore them” in 2:7.



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