Zephaniah 3:16
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New International Version
On that day they will say to Jerusalem, "Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.

New Living Translation
On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be, "Cheer up, Zion! Don't be afraid!

English Standard Version
On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak.

New American Standard Bible
In that day it will be said to Jerusalem: "Do not be afraid, O Zion; Do not let your hands fall limp.

King James Bible
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
On that day it will be said to Jerusalem:" Do not fear; Zion, do not let your hands grow weak.

International Standard Version
"When all of this happens, it will be told Jerusalem, 'Don't be afraid!" and to Zion, 'Don't lose courage!"

NET Bible
On that day they will say to Jerusalem, "Don't be afraid, Zion! Your hands must not be paralyzed from panic!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
On that day Jerusalem will be told, "Do not be afraid, Zion! Do not lose courage!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: 'Fear thou not; O Zion, let not thy hands be slack.

New American Standard 1977
In that day it will be said to Jerusalem:
            “Do not be afraid, O Zion;
            Do not let your hands fall limp.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In that time it shall be said to Jerusalem, Do not fear; and to Zion, Do not let thine hands be slack.

King James 2000 Bible
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear not: and to Zion, Let not your hands be weak.

American King James Version
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear you not: and to Zion, Let not your hands be slack.

American Standard Version
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not; O Zion, let not thy hands be slack.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Fear not: to Sion: Let not thy hands be weakened.

Darby Bible Translation
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear not; Zion, let not thy hands be slack.

English Revised Version
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: O Zion, let not thine hands be slack.

Webster's Bible Translation
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thy hands be slack.

World English Bible
In that day, it will be said to Jerusalem, "Don't be afraid, Zion. Don't let your hands be weak."

Young's Literal Translation
In that day it is said to Jerusalem, 'Fear not, O Zion, let not thy hands be feeble.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
Israel's Restoration
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. 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.…
Cross References
Hebrews 12:12
Therefore strengthen your limp hands and weak knees.

Job 4:3
"Behold you have admonished many, And you have strengthened weak hands.

Isaiah 25:9
And it will be said in that day, "Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation."

Isaiah 35:3
Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.

Isaiah 35:4
Say to those with anxious heart, "Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you."

Joel 2:21
Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad, For the LORD has done great things.
Treasury of Scripture

In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear you not: and to Zion, Let not your hands be slack.

be said.

Isaiah 35:3,4 Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees…

Isaiah 40:9 O Zion, that bring good tidings, get you up into the high mountain; …

Isaiah 41:10,13,14 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

Isaiah 43:1,2 But now thus said the LORD that created you, O Jacob, and he that …

Isaiah 44:2 Thus said the LORD that made you, and formed you from the womb, which …

Isaiah 54:4 Fear not; for you shall not be ashamed: neither be you confounded; …

Jeremiah 46:27,28 But fear not you, O my servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, O Israel: …

Haggai 2:4,5 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, said the LORD; and be strong, O …

Zechariah 8:15 So again have I thought in these days to do well to Jerusalem and …

John 12:12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they …

Hebrews 12:12 Why lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

slack. or, faint.

2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall …

Ephesians 3:13 Why I desire that you faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Hebrews 12:3-5 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against …

Revelation 2:3 And have borne, and have patience, and for my name's sake have labored, …

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