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.

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.

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].

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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I will gather - sorrowful - This may refer to those who, during the captivity, mourned for their former religious assemblies; and who were reproached by their enemies, because they could not enjoy their religious solemnities. See Psalm 137:1-9 : "By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song," etc. This very circumstance may be the reference here.

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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 I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds...

Jeremiah 31:8,9 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame...

Ezekiel 34:13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land...

Ezekiel 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

Hosea 1:11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head...

Romans 11:25,26 For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits...

sorrowful.

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

Psalm 43:3 O send out your light and your truth: let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill, and to your tabernacles.

Psalm 63:1,2 O God, you are my God; early will I seek you: my soul thirsts for you, my flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land...

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; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying...

Lamentations 1:4,7 The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh...

Lamentations 2:6,7 And he has violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he has destroyed his places of the assembly...

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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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
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."

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