Zephaniah 3:3
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New International Version
Her officials within her are roaring lions; her rulers are evening wolves, who leave nothing for the morning.

King James Bible
Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.

Darby Bible Translation
Her princes in the midst of her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves, that leave nothing for the morning.

World English Bible
Her princes in the midst of her are roaring lions. Her judges are evening wolves. They leave nothing until the next day.

Young's Literal Translation
Her heads in her midst are roaring lions, Her judges are evening wolves, They have not gnawn the bone in the morning.

Zephaniah 3:3 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Her princes - are roaring lions - Tearing all to pieces without shadow of law, except their own despotic power.

Her judges are evening wolves - Being a little afraid of the lion-like princes, they practice their unjust dealings from evening to morning, and take the day to find their rest.

They gnaw not the bones till the morrow - They devour the flesh in the night, and gnaw the bones and extract the marrow afterwards. They use all violence and predatory oppression, like wild beasts; they shun the light, and turn day into night by their revellings.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

princes.

Job 4:8-11 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same...

Psalm 10:8-10 He sits in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places does he murder the innocent...

Proverbs 28:15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

Isaiah 1:23 Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loves gifts, and follows after rewards: they judge not the fatherless...

Jeremiah 22:17 But your eyes and your heart are not but for your covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence...

Ezekiel 22:6,25-27 Behold, the princes of Israel, every one were in you to their power to shed blood...

Micah 3:1-4,9-11 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment...

evening.

Jeremiah 5:6 Why a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities...

Habakkuk 1:8 Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves...

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Zion's Joy and God's
'Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.... 17. He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing.'--ZEPHANIAH iii. 14, 17. What a wonderful rush of exuberant gladness there is in these words! The swift, short clauses, the triple invocation in the former verse, the triple promise in the latter, the heaped together synonyms, all help the impression. The very words seem to dance with joy.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

A vision of the King.
ONE of the most blessed occupations for the believer is the prayerful searching of God's holy Word to discover there new glories and fresh beauties of Him, who is altogether lovely. Shall we ever find out all which the written Word reveals of Himself and His worthiness? This wonderful theme can never be exhausted. The heart which is devoted to Him and longs through the presence and indwelling of the Holy Spirit to be closer to the Lord, to hear and know more of Himself, will always find something
Arno Gaebelein—The Lord of Glory

Cross References
Isaiah 5:29
Their roar is like that of the lion, they roar like young lions; they growl as they seize their prey and carry it off with no one to rescue.

Jeremiah 5:6
Therefore a lion from the forest will attack them, a wolf from the desert will ravage them, a leopard will lie in wait near their towns to tear to pieces any who venture out, for their rebellion is great and their backslidings many.

Jeremiah 34:19
The leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the court officials, the priests and all the people of the land who walked between the pieces of the calf,

Ezekiel 22:27
Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain.

Ezekiel 33:26
You rely on your sword, you do detestable things, and each of you defiles his neighbor's wife. Should you then possess the land?'

Micah 3:3
who eat my people's flesh, strip off their skin and break their bones in pieces; who chop them up like meat for the pan, like flesh for the pot?"

Habakkuk 1:8
Their horses are swifter than leopards, fiercer than wolves at dusk. Their cavalry gallops headlong; their horsemen come from afar. They fly like an eagle swooping to devour;

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