Zephaniah 3:15
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New International Version
The 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.

New Living Translation
For the LORD will remove his hand of judgment and will disperse the armies of your enemy. And the LORD himself, the King of Israel, will live among you! At last your troubles will be over, and you will never again fear disaster.

English Standard Version
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.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD has taken away His judgments against you, He has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; You will fear disaster no more.

King James Bible
The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD has removed your punishment; He has turned back your enemy. The King of Israel, Yahweh, is among you; you need no longer fear harm.

International Standard Version
The LORD has acquitted you; turning back your adversaries. Israel's king, the LORD, is among you; you will not fear disaster anymore.

NET Bible
The LORD has removed the judgment against you; he has turned back your enemy. Israel's king, the LORD, is in your midst! You no longer need to fear disaster.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD has taken away your judgments. He has thrown out your enemy. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in the midst of you. You will not be afraid of evil any more.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD has reversed the judgments against you. He has forced out your enemies. The king of Israel, the LORD, is with you. You will never fear disaster again.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, He hath cast out thine enemy; The King of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee; Thou shalt not fear evil any more.

New American Standard 1977
The LORD has taken away His judgments against you,
            He has cleared away your enemies.
            The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst;
            You will fear disaster no more.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD has taken away thy judgments; he has cast out thine enemy; the LORD is king of Israel in the midst of thee; thou shalt not see evil any more.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD has taken away your judgments, he has cast out your enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in your midst: you shall not see harm any more.

American King James Version
The LORD has taken away your judgments, he has cast out your enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the middle of you: you shall not see evil any more.

American Standard Version
Jehovah hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the King of Israel, even Jehovah, is in the midst of thee; thou shalt not fear evil any more.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord hath taken away thy judgment, he hath turned away thy enemies: the king of Israel the Lord is in the midst of thee, thou shalt fear evil no more.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy; the King of Israel, Jehovah, is in the midst of thee; thou shalt not see evil any more.

English Revised Version
The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not fear evil any more.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thy enemy: the King of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.

World English Bible
Yahweh has taken away your judgments. He has thrown out your enemy. The King of Israel, Yahweh, is in the midst of you. You will not be afraid of evil any more.

Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah hath turned aside thy judgments, He hath faced thine enemy, The king of Israel, Jehovah, is in thy midst, Thou seest evil no more.
Study Bible
Israel's Restoration
14Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! 15The LORD has taken away His judgments against you, He has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; You will fear disaster no more. 16In that day it will be said to Jerusalem: "Do not be afraid, O Zion; Do not let your hands fall limp.…
Cross References
John 5:30
I can do nothing by Myself; I judge only as I hear. And My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

Revelation 18:20
"Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets; because it is for you that God has pronounced His judgment against her."

Psalm 19:9
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.

Isaiah 12:6
Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 54:14
"In righteousness you will be established; You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; And from terror, for it will not come near you.

Ezekiel 35:10
"Because you have said, 'These two nations and these two lands will be mine, and we will possess them,' although the LORD was there,

Ezekiel 37:26
"I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever.

Zephaniah 3:5
The LORD is righteous within her; He will do no injustice. Every morning He brings His justice to light; He does not fail. But the unjust knows no shame.

Zephaniah 3:17
"The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

Zechariah 9:9
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Treasury of Scripture

The LORD has taken away your judgments, he has cast out your enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the middle of you: you shall not see evil any more.

hath taken.

Genesis 30:23 And she conceived, and bore a son; and said, God has taken away my reproach:

Psalm 85:3 You have taken away all your wrath: you have turned yourself from …

Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away …

Isaiah 40:1,2 Comfort you, comfort you my people, said your God…

Isaiah 51:22 Thus said your Lord the LORD, and your God that pleads the cause …

Micah 7:18-20 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the …

Zechariah 1:14-16 So the angel that communed with me said to me, Cry you, saying, Thus …

Zechariah 8:13-15 And it shall come to pass, that as you were a curse among the heathen, …

Zechariah 10:6,7 And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house …

he hath.

Isaiah 13:1-14:32 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see…

Jeremiah 50:1-51:64 The word that the LORD spoke against Babylon and against the land …

Micah 7:10,16,17 Then she that is my enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her …

Habakkuk 2:8,17 Because you have spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people …

Zechariah 2:8,9 For thus said the LORD of hosts; After the glory has he sent me to …

Zechariah 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all …

Romans 8:33,34 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that …

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, …

the king.

Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is …

Ezekiel 37:24,25 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall …

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

John 1:49 Nathanael answered and said to him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God; …

John 12:15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, your King comes, sitting on an ass's colt.

John 19:19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing …

Revelation 19:16 And he has on his clothing and on his thigh a name written, KING …

is in.

Zephaniah 3:5,17 The just LORD is in the middle thereof; he will not do iniquity: …

Ezekiel 37:26-28 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an …

Ezekiel 48:35 It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the …

Joel 3:20,21 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation…

Revelation 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and …

Revelation 21:3,4 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle …

thou.

Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with …

Isaiah 51:22 Thus said your Lord the LORD, and your God that pleads the cause …

Isaiah 60:18 Violence shall no more be heard in your land, wasting nor destruction …

Isaiah 65:19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice …

Ezekiel 39:29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured …

Joel 3:17 So shall you know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my …

Amos 9:15 And I will plant them on their land, and they shall no more be pulled …

Zechariah 14:11 And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; …

Verse 15. - In this and following verses the prop. hot gives the reasons why Zion should rejoice. Thy judgments. The chastisements inflicted on thee in judgment, rendered necessary by thy iniquity (Ezekiel 5:8). These God has removed; this is the first ground for rejoicing. Septuagint, τὰ ἀδικήματα σου, "thine iniquities." When God removes the punishments, he forgives the sin. He hath cast out (cleared quite away) thine enemy. The enemies who executed the judgment are utterly dispersed. The King of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee (Obadiah 1:21). The theocracy is restored. Under the judgments which fell upon Israel, Jehovah seemed to have left his people; now he is in the midst of them as their icing (Isaiah 12:6; Isaiah 52:7; Hosea 11:9). The perpetual presence of Christ in the Church is here adumbrated. Thou shalt not see evil any more. So the Septuagint. Another reading adopted by Jerome is, "Thou shalt not fear." In view of the following verse, this seems rather tautological. With God in their midst, the people shall see, i.e. experience (Jeremiah 5:12), no evil (Revelation 21:3, 4). The Lord hath taken away thy judgments,.... Both outward and inward; not only exile, poverty, contempt and reproach among the nations of the earth; but hardness of heart, blindness of mind, impenitence and unbelief, to which the Jews are now given up, in a judicial way; but at this time these shall be removed, through the goodness of God unto them, and the power of divine grace upon them: they will be brought to a sense of sin, and an acknowledgment of it; their iniquities will be pardoned; and, the cause being removed, the effects will cease; and all calamities, corrections and punishment, will end; and they will be put into the possession of their own land, and enjoy all the privileges of the church of God; and so will have just reason to sing, shout, and rejoice:

he hath cast out thine enemy; that is, the Lord has removed the enemy that was in possession of their land, and so made way, and prepared it for them; he has swept him away, as the word (p) signifies, with great force, with much ease, and like so much dirt and filth; he stood in their way, nor could they have easily removed him; but the Lord did it, or will do it; though it may be by instruments, by means of the Christian princes. This is to be understood of the eastern antichrist, the Turk, now in possession of the land of Israel (o); but shall be obliged to depart from it, when this prophecy shall take place, for a reason following:

the King of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee; that is, the Lord Jesus Christ, the true Messiah; one of whose titles is the King of Israel, of the spiritual Israel, King of saints, both Jews and Gentiles; in whose hearts he rules by his Spirit and grace; and to this passage the Jews in Christ's time seem to have respect, allowing this to be the character of the Messiah, Matthew 27:42 and also Nathanael, John 1:49 now at this time Christ will be in the midst of the converted Jews, by his spiritual and gracious presence, as their King, to reign over them, to whom they will be subject; and to protect and defend them, and deliver them out of the hands of all their enemies; and so he is in all his churches, and will be to the end of the world:

thou shalt not see evil any more; the evil of affliction or punishment; the evil of captivity, disgrace, and contempt. This shows that this prophecy does not respect the Babylonish captivity, and deliverance from that; for, since that time, they have seen evil by Antiochus Epiphanes, in the times of the Maccabees; and by the Romans; and have had a large and long experience of it; but when they are converted, and returned to their own land in the latter day, all their afflictions and troubles will be at an end, they will know them no more. The Vulgate Latin version renders it, "thou shalt not fear evil any more". So the Targum,

"thou shalt not be afraid from before evil any more.''

In the same sense Aben Ezra understands it,

"thou shalt not be afraid of the enemy any more;''

taking the word to come from another root (q).

(o) Written about 1750. Editor. (p) "everrit", Drusius; so Ben Melech; see Genesis 24.31. "evacuerit", Cocceius. (q) A "timuit", so V. L. "non timebis", Pagninus, Piscator; "fore ut non timeas", Junius & Tremellius; "hinc non erit quod timeas amplius quicquam mali", Burkius. 15. The cause for joy: "The Lord hath taken away thy judgments," namely, those sent by Him upon thee. After the taking away of sin (Zep 3:13) follows the taking away of trouble. When the cause is removed, the effect will cease. Happiness follows in the wake of holiness.

the Lord is in the midst of thee—Though He seemed to desert thee for a time, He is now present as thy safeguard (Zep 3:17).

not see evil any more—Thou shalt not experience it (Jer 5:12; 44:17).3:14-20 After the promises of taking away sin, follow promises of taking away trouble. When the cause is removed, the effect will cease. What makes a people holy, will make them happy. The precious promises made to the purified people, were to have full accomplishment in the gospel. These verses appear chiefly to relate to the future conversion and restoration of Israel, and the glorious times which are to follow. They show the abundant peace, comfort, and prosperity of the church, in the happy times yet to come. He will save; he will be Jesus; he will answer the name, for he will save his people from their sins. Before the glorious times foretold, believers would be sorrowful, and objects of reproach. But the Lord will save the weakest believer, and cause true Christians to be greatly honoured where they had been treated with contempt. One act of mercy and grace shall serve, both to gather Israel out of their dispersions and to lead them to their own land. Then will God's Israel be made a name and a praise to eternity. The events alone can fully answer the language of this prophecy. Many are the troubles of the righteous, but they may rejoice in God's love. Surely our hearts should honour the Lord, and rejoice in him, when we hear such words of condescension and grace. If now kept from his ordinances, it is our trial and grief; but in due time we shall be gathered into his temple above. The glory and happiness of the believer will be perfect, unchangeable, and eternal, when he is freed from earthly sorrows, and brought to heavenly bliss.
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