Holman Christian Standard Bible
1Woe to the city that is rebellious and defiled, the oppressive city!
2She has not obeyed; she has not accepted discipline. She has not trusted in Yahweh; she has not drawn near to her God.
3The princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are wolves of the night, which leave nothing for the morning.
4Her prophets are reckless-- treacherous men. Her priests profane the sanctuary; they do violence to instruction.
5The righteous LORD is in her; He does no wrong. He applies His justice morning by morning; He does not fail at dawn, yet the one who does wrong knows no shame.
6I have cut off nations; their corner towers are destroyed. I have laid waste their streets, with no one to pass through. Their cities lie devastated, without a person, without an inhabitant.
7I thought: You will certainly fear Me and accept correction. Then her dwelling place would not be cut off based on all that I had allocated to her. However, they became more corrupt in all their actions.
8Therefore, wait for Me-- this is the LORD's declaration-- until the day I rise up for plunder. For My decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, in order to pour out My indignation on them, all My burning anger; for the whole earth will be consumed by the fire of My jealousy.
9For I will then restore pure speech to the peoples so that all of them may call on the name of Yahweh and serve Him with a single purpose.
10From beyond the rivers of Cush My supplicants, My dispersed people, will bring an offering to Me.
11On that day you will not be put to shame because of everything you have done in rebelling against Me. For then I will remove your proud, arrogant people from among you, and you will never again be haughty on My holy mountain.
12I will leave a meek and humble people among you, and they will take refuge in the name of Yahweh.
13The remnant of Israel will no longer do wrong or tell lies; a deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouths. But they will pasture and lie down, with nothing to make them afraid.
14Sing for joy, Daughter Zion; shout loudly, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem!
15The 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.
16On that day it will be said to Jerusalem:" Do not fear; Zion, do not let your hands grow weak.
17Yahweh your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will bring you quietness with His love. He will delight in you with shouts of joy."
18I will gather those who have been driven from the appointed festivals; they will be a tribute from you and a reproach on her.
19Yes, at that time I will deal with all who afflict you. I will save the lame and gather the scattered; I will make those who were disgraced throughout the earth receive praise and fame.
20At that time I will bring you back, yes, at the time I will gather you. I will give you fame and praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes. Yahweh has spoken.