Zephaniah 3 – NIV & ASCB

New International Version

Zephaniah 3:1-20


1Woe to the city of oppressors,

rebellious and defiled!

2She obeys no one,

she accepts no correction.

She does not trust in the Lord,

she does not draw near to her God.

3Her officials within her

are roaring lions;

her rulers are evening wolves,

who leave nothing for the morning.

4Her prophets are unprincipled;

they are treacherous people.

Her priests profane the sanctuary

and do violence to the law.

5The Lord within her is righteous;

he does no wrong.

Morning by morning he dispenses his justice,

and every new day he does not fail,

yet the unrighteous know no shame.

Jerusalem Remains Unrepentant

6“I have destroyed nations;

their strongholds are demolished.

I have left their streets deserted,

with no one passing through.

Their cities are laid waste;

they are deserted and empty.

7Of Jerusalem I thought,

‘Surely you will fear me

and accept correction!’

Then her place of refuge3:7 Or her sanctuary would not be destroyed,

nor all my punishments come upon3:7 Or all those I appointed over her.

But they were still eager

to act corruptly in all they did.

8Therefore wait for me,”

declares the Lord,

“for the day I will stand up to testify.3:8 Septuagint and Syriac; Hebrew will rise up to plunder

I have decided to assemble the nations,

to gather the kingdoms

and to pour out my wrath on them—

all my fierce anger.

The whole world will be consumed

by the fire of my jealous anger.

Restoration of Israel’s Remnant

9“Then I will purify the lips of the peoples,

that all of them may call on the name of the Lord

and serve him shoulder to shoulder.

10From beyond the rivers of Cush3:10 That is, the upper Nile region

my worshipers, my scattered people,

will bring me offerings.

11On that day you, Jerusalem, will not be put to shame

for all the wrongs you have done to me,

because I will remove from you

your arrogant boasters.

Never again will you be haughty

on my holy hill.

12But I will leave within you

the meek and humble.

The remnant of Israel

will trust in the name of the Lord.

13They will do no wrong;

they will tell no lies.

A deceitful tongue

will not be found in their mouths.

They will eat and lie down

and no one will make them afraid.”

14Sing, Daughter Zion;

shout aloud, Israel!

Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,

Daughter Jerusalem!

15The Lord has taken away your punishment,

he has turned back your enemy.

The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you;

never again will you fear any harm.

16On that day

they will say to Jerusalem,

“Do not fear, Zion;

do not let your hands hang limp.

17The Lord your God is with you,

the Mighty Warrior who saves.

He will take great delight in you;

in his love he will no longer rebuke you,

but will rejoice over you with singing.”

18“I will remove from you

all who mourn over the loss of your appointed festivals,

which is a burden and reproach for you.

19At that time I will deal

with all who oppressed you.

I will rescue the lame;

I will gather the exiles.

I will give them praise and honor

in every land where they have suffered shame.

20At that time I will gather you;

at that time I will bring you home.

I will give you honor and praise

among all the peoples of the earth

when I restore your fortunes3:20 Or I bring back your captives

before your very eyes,”

says the Lord.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

Sefania 3:1-20

Yerusalem Daakye

1Nnome nka nhyɛsofoɔ kuropɔn

atuateɛ kuropɔn a ɛho agu fi!

2Ɔnnyɛ ɔsetie mma obiara

ɔnnye nteɛsoɔ biara nto mu.

Ɔmfa ne ho nto Awurade so.

Ɔntwi mmɛn ne Onyankopɔn.

3Nʼakandifoɔ yɛ agyata a wɔbobɔ mu,

ne sodifoɔ yɛ mpataku a wɔnam anadwo,

a wɔnnya biribiara mma adekyeɛ.

4Ne nkɔmhyɛfoɔ yɛ ahantan;

wɔyɛ afatwafoɔ.

Nʼasɔfoɔ gu kronkronbea ho fi.

Wɔnam mmara no so di nsɛmmɔne.

5Awurade a ɔte ne mu no yɛ ɔteneneeni;

ɔnnyɛ mfomsoɔ biara.

Adekyeeɛ biara ɔda ne tenenee adi,

na ɔnni hwammɔ da,

nanso amumuyɛfoɔ deɛ wonnim aniwuo.

6“Masɛe amanaman;

madwiri wɔn abandenden agu.

Wɔn mmorɔno so adeda mpan,

a obiara ntwa mu hɔ.

Wɔaseɛ wɔn nkuropɔn;

a obi biara renka.

7Meka kyerɛɛ kuropɔn no sɛ,

‘ampa ara wobɛsuro me

na woagye nteɛsoɔ ato mu!’

Na afei ne tenaberɛ rensɛe,

na mʼasotwe biara nso remma ne so.

Nanso, wɔn ho peree wɔn

sɛ wɔbɛkɔso ayɛ bɔne wɔn nneyɛeɛ nyinaa mu.

8Enti, twɛn me,” sɛdeɛ Awurade seɛ nie,

“na ɛda no mɛsɔre adi adanseɛ.

Mayɛ mʼadwene sɛ mɛboaboa amanaman

ne ahennie ano

na mahwie mʼabufuo agu wɔn so

mʼabufuhyeɛ nyinaa.

Me ninkuntwe abufuo ogya mu no,

asase nyinaa bɛhye.

9“Afei mɛdwira nnipa no ano,

na wɔn nyinaa abɔ Awurade din

na wɔaka abɔ mu asom no.

10Mʼasomfoɔ, me nkurɔfoɔ a wɔabɔ ahwete no

bɛfiri nsubɔntene a ɛwɔ Kus nohoa

de wɔn afɔrebɔdeɛ abrɛ me.

11Saa ɛda no, wo Yerusalem, wɔrengu wʼanim ase

wɔ nneyɛeɛ bɔne a woayɛ atia me ho,

ɛfiri sɛ mɛyi afiri saa kuropɔn yi mu,

wɔn a wodi ahantan mu ahurisie

na worenyɛ ahantan bio

wɔ me bepɔ kronkron no so.

12Nanso mɛgya wɔ wo mu

wɔn a wɔdwo na wɔbrɛ wɔn ho ase,

na wɔde wɔn ho to Awurade so.

13Israel nkaeɛfoɔ renyɛ bɔne

Wɔrenka nkontonpo nsɛm,

na wɔn ano renka nnaadaa nsɛm

wɔbɛdidi na wɔada

na obiara renyi wɔn hu.”

14To dwom Ao, Ɔbabaa Sion;

team denden Ao, Israel!

Ma wʼani nnye, na di ahurisie wɔ wʼakoma nyinaa mu,

Ao, Ɔbabaa Yerusalem!

15Ɛfiri sɛ, Awurade ayi wʼasotweɛ afiri wo so,

wama wo ɔtamfoɔ asane nʼakyi.

Awurade Israelhene ka wo ho;

worensuro ɔhaw biara bio.

16Saa ɛda no, wɔbɛka akyerɛ Yerusalem sɛ,

“Mma nsuro, Ao Sion!

Mma wo nsa mu nhodwo.

17Awurade wo Onyankopɔn ne wo wɔ hɔ,

Ɔyɛ ɔgyefoɔ ɔhoɔdenfoɔ.

Nʼani bɛgye wo ho

ɔfiri ne dɔ mu bɛdwodwo wo,

ɔde nnwontoɔ bɛma nʼani agye wo ho.

18“Mo awerɛhoɔ to bɛtwa

ɛfiri sɛ mobɛnya ɛkwan adi mo afahyɛ no;

mo anim rengu ase bio.

19Saa ɛberɛ no me ne wɔn

a wɔhyɛɛ wo so nyinaa bɛdi;

Mɛgye mmerɛyɛfoɔ

na mɛboaboa wɔn a wɔabɔ wɔn ahwete no ano.

Mɛkamfo wɔn ahyɛ wɔn animuonyam

asase biara a wɔguu wɔn anim ase wɔ so no so.

20Saa ɛda no, mɛboaboa wo ano,

na mede wo aba fie.

Mɛhyɛ wo animuonyam na makamfo wo

wɔ asase so nnipa nyinaa mu

na mede wʼahonyadeɛ bɛsane ama wo

na wode wʼani bɛhunu,”

sɛdeɛ Awurade ka nie.