Zephaniah 3 Commentary

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Zephaniah 3:1-7

Zephaniah pronounces judgment against Judah and her wicked rulers, prophets, and priests. God sent them ample examples of nations being disciplined for evil, but rather than learn and repent, Judah eagerly pursued wickedness.

Zephaniah 3:8

No nations are pursuing righteousness, so God announces His decision to destroy the earth and all nations. He says He will first rise up as a witness, which might refer to Jesus’s first advent, where He resurrected and defeated death.

Zephaniah 3:9-13

After the divine judgment, the LORD promises to purify the people’s lips, take them under His refuge, and fill the earth with righteousness.

Zephaniah 3:14-17

Speaking in the prophetic past, showing the certainty of what is predicted in the future, Zephaniah calls the people of Judah to shout for joy because the LORD their Suzerain God has overturned the sentence of condemnation against them and dismissed their adversaries.

Zephaniah 3:18-20

The LORD promises to regather His covenant people to the land of Israel and restore their blessings.