(A)The Lord of hosts has planned it, to (B)defile the pride of all beauty,
To despise all the (C)honored of the earth.

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The Lord Almighty planned(A) it,
    to bring down(B) her pride in all her splendor
    and to humble(C) all who are renowned(D) on the earth.

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“I have cut off nations;
Their corner towers are in ruins.
I have made their streets (A)desolate,
With no one passing by;
Their (B)cities are laid waste,
Without a man, (C)without an inhabitant.

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Jerusalem Remains Unrepentant

“I have destroyed nations;
    their strongholds are demolished.
I have left their streets deserted,
    with no one passing through.
Their cities are laid waste;(A)
    they are deserted and empty.

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“Therefore (A)wait for Me,” declares the Lord,
“For the day when I rise up as a witness.
Indeed, My decision is to (B)gather nations,
To assemble kingdoms,
To pour out on them My indignation,
All My burning anger;
For (C)all the earth will be devoured
By the fire of My zeal.

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Therefore wait(A) for me,”
    declares the Lord,
    “for the day I will stand up to testify.[a]
I have decided to assemble(B) the nations,(C)
    to gather the kingdoms
and to pour out my wrath(D) on them—
    all my fierce anger.(E)
The whole world will be consumed(F)
    by the fire of my jealous anger.

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Footnotes

  1. Zephaniah 3:8 Septuagint and Syriac; Hebrew will rise up to plunder

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