Israel's Joy and Restoration

Zephaniah 3

14 j Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has taken away the judgments against you;
he has cleared away your enemies.
k The King of Israel, l the Lord, is in your midst;
you shall never again fear evil.
16 z On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
"Fear not, O Zion;
m let not your hands grow weak.
17 l The Lord your God is in your midst,
n a mighty one who will save;
o he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
18 I will gather those of you who mourn p for the festival,
so that you will no longer suffer reproach. 1
19 Behold, at that time q I will deal
with all your oppressors.
And r I will save the lame
and gather the outcast,
and I will change s their shame into t praise
and renown in all the earth.
20 u At that time I will bring you in,
at the time when I gather you together;
for I will make you renowned and praised
among all the peoples of the earth,
v when I restore your fortunes
before your eyes," says the Lord.

  1. Cross References
    Isaiah 12:6
    Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
    Isaiah 54:1
    Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married," says the Lord.
    Zechariah 2:10
    Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord.
    Zechariah 9:9
    Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
  2. Cross References
    Matthew 27:42
    He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.
    John 1:49
    Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 46:5
    God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
    Zechariah 2:10
    Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord.
    Revelation 21:3
    And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
  4. Cross References
    Zephaniah 3:11
    On that day you shall not be put to shame because of the deeds by which you have rebelled against me; for then I will remove from your midst your proudly exultant ones, and you shall no longer be haughty in my holy mountain.
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 35:3
    Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
    Hebrews 12:12
    Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees.
  6. Cross References
    Zephaniah 3:15
    The Lord has taken away the judgments against you; he has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 63:1
    Who is this who comes from Edom, in crimsoned garments from Bozrah, he who is splendid in his apparel, marching in the greatness of his strength? "It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save.
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 62:5
    For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.
    Jeremiah 32:41
    I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.
  9. Cross References
    Lamentations 1:4
    The roads to Zion mourn, for none come to the festival; all her gates are desolate; her priests groan; her virgins have been afflicted, and she herself suffers bitterly.
    Lamentations 2:6
    He has laid waste his booth like a garden, laid in ruins his meeting place; the Lord has made Zion forget festival and Sabbath, and in his fierce indignation has spurned king and priest.
  10. Cross References
    Isaiah 60:14
    The sons of those who afflicted you shall come bending low to you, and all who despised you shall bow down at your feet; they shall call you the City of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
  11. Cross References
    Micah 4:6 - 7
    In that day, declares the Lord, I will assemble the lame and gather those who have been driven away and those whom I have afflicted.
  12. Cross References
    Isaiah 61:7
    Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.
  13. Cross References
    Jeremiah 13:11
    For as the loincloth clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, declares the Lord, that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen.
    Jeremiah 33:9
    And this city shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth who shall hear of all the good that I do for them. They shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the prosperity I provide for it.
  14. Cross References
    Isaiah 11:12
    He will raise a signal for the nations and will assemble the banished of Israel, and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
    Jeremiah 32:37
    Behold, I will gather them from all the countries to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation. I will bring them back to this place, and I will make them dwell in safety.
    Ezekiel 11:17
    Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord God : I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.
  15. Cross References
    Zephaniah 2:7
    The seacoast shall become the possession of the remnant of the house of Judah, on which they shall graze, and in the houses of Ashkelon they shall lie down at evening. For the Lord their God will be mindful of them and restore their fortunes.
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