Zephaniah 3:18
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New International Version
"I will remove from you all who mourn over the loss of your appointed festivals, which is a burden and reproach for you.

New Living Translation
"I will gather you who mourn for the appointed festivals; you will be disgraced no more.

English Standard Version
I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival, so that you will no longer suffer reproach.

New American Standard Bible
"I will gather those who grieve about the appointed feasts-- They came from you, O Zion; The reproach of exile is a burden on them.

King James Bible
I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will gather those who have been driven from the appointed festivals; they will be a tribute from you and a reproach on her.

International Standard Version
I will gather the afflicted from the solemn assembly; those who were with you, who were bearing a burden of disgrace.

NET Bible
"As for those who grieve because they cannot attend the festivals--I took them away from you; they became tribute and were a source of shame to you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I will gather those among you who are troubled because of the festivals. They bear a burden of disgrace.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will gather those that are weary because of the long time, who are thine, unto whom her confusion was a burden.

King James 2000 Bible
I will gather them that are sorrowful for the appointed assembly, who are among you, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

American King James Version
I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of you, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

American Standard Version
I will gather them that sorrow for the solemn assembly, who were of thee; to whom the burden upon her was a reproach.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The triflers that were departed from the law, I will gather together, because they were of thee: that thou mayest no more suffer reproach for them.

Darby Bible Translation
I will gather them that sorrow for the solemn assemblies, who were of thee: the reproach of it was a burden [unto them].

English Revised Version
I will gather them that sorrow for the solemn assembly, who were of thee: to whom the burden upon her was a reproach.

Webster's Bible Translation
I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

World English Bible
I will remove those who grieve about the appointed feasts from you. They are a burden and a reproach to you.

Young's Literal Translation
Mine afflicted from the appointed place I have gathered, from thee they have been, Bearing for her sake reproach.
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Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - The love which God feels he shows in action. He cares for the exiled and dispersed, and will gather them again and comfort them for all their sorrows. I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly; or, far removed from the solemn, assembly. Those who grieve because by their exile from the Holy Land they are debarred from duly attending the periodical festivals, these God will restore, and enable them again to participate in the sacred feasts. The above version and explanation are undoubtedly right, as the Latin Version is certainly wrong, Nugas, qui a lege recesserant, congregabo; that is, the light and fickle persons, who have estranged themselves from the Law, God will reclaim, and join them to the congregation of the true Israel; and this, quia ex te erant, for their origin's sake, because they are descendants of the chosen people. Who are of thee; they are of thee, O Zion. These are the true Israelites; this is why they mourn for the cessation of the festivals, and why they shall be restored to the Holy Land. To whom the reproach of it was a burden; i.e. who felt the desolation of Zion and the reproaches uttered against her by enemies (Psalm 137.) as a burden grievous to be borne. The Vulgate has, Ut non ultra habeas super eis opprobrium; i.e. "That they may be no more a disgrace to thee;" the LXX. reads somewhat differently, Οὐαὶ τίς ἔλαβεν ἐπ αὐτὴν ὀνειδισμόν; "Alas! who took up a reproach against her?"

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly,.... Who are grieved and troubled, because they cannot meet at the time and place of religious worship, or attend the word and ordinances of the Lord; either through distance of place, or infirmity of body; or through the menaces and persecutions of men: and to be prevented the use of the means of grace, upon any account, is a great concern of mind to truly gracious souls: or who are filled with grief and sorrow "for the appointed time" (u); for the time of the Jews' deliverance from their present exile, and return to their own land, which seems to be delayed, and thought long; and so it may seem to some of them in distant parts, after they are converted; and for whose encouragement this is said, that the Lord will in his own due time and way gather such out of all places where they are, into his church, and among his people, to join with them in religious worship, and partake of all the ordinances and privileges of his house; and also gather them into their own land, and comfortably settle them there:

who are of thee; belong to the church of Christ; or however have a right to, and meetness for, a place in it; are her true and genuine children, being born again; and which appears by the taste they have for, and their desire after, the word and ordinances:

to whom the reproach of it was a burden; it being grievous and burdensome to them to hear the enemy reproach them with their exile and dispersion; with their distance from the place of worship, and their want of opportunity of attending to it: this was intolerable, a burden too heavy for them; it was like a sword in their bones, when they were asked, where is your God? and where are the ordinances of divine worship? and when will it ever be that you will attend them? see Psalm 42:1.

(u) "propter tempus, sub. diuturnum exsilii", Vatablus; "ex tempore statuto judiciorum poenarumque", Burkius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. sorrowful for the solemn assembly—pining after the solemn assembly which they cannot celebrate in exile (La 1:4; 2:6).

who are of thee—that is, of thy true citizens; and whom therefore I will restore.

to whom the reproach of it was a burden—that is, to whom thy reproach ("the reproach of My people," Mic 6:16; their ignominious captivity) was a burden. "Of it" is put of thee, as the person is often changed. Those who shared in the burden of reproach which fell on My people. Compare Isa 25:8, "the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth."

Zephaniah 3:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Israel's Restoration
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. 18"I will gather those who grieve about the appointed feasts-- They came from you, O Zion; The reproach of exile is a burden on them. 19"Behold, I am going to deal at that time With all your oppressors, I will save the lame And gather the outcast, And I will turn their shame into praise and renown In all the earth.…
Cross References
Psalm 42:2
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

Lamentations 2:6
He has laid waste his dwelling like a garden; he has destroyed his place of meeting. The LORD has made Zion forget her appointed festivals and her Sabbaths; in his fierce anger he has spurned both king and priest.

Ezekiel 9:4
and said to him, "Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it."
Treasury of Scripture

I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of you, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

gather.

Zephaniah 3:20 At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you…

Jeremiah 23:3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries where …

Jeremiah 31:8,9 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them …

Ezekiel 34:13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the …

Ezekiel 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of …

Hosea 1:11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered …

Romans 11:25,26 For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, …

sorrowful.

Psalm 42:2-4 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God: when shall I come and …

Psalm 43:3 O send out your light and your truth: let them lead me; let them …

Psalm 63:1,2 O God, you are my God; early will I seek you: my soul thirsts for …

Psalm 84:1,2 How amiable are your tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!…

Psalm 137:3-6 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; …

Lamentations 1:4,7 The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: …

Lamentations 2:6,7 And he has violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of …

Hosea 9:5 What will you do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the LORD?

the reproach of it was a burden. Heb. the burden upon it was reproach.

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