Zephaniah 3:4
New International Version
Her prophets are unprincipled; they are treacherous people. Her priests profane the sanctuary and do violence to the law.

New Living Translation
Its prophets are arrogant liars seeking their own gain. Its priests defile the Temple by disobeying God's instructions.

English Standard Version
Her prophets are fickle, treacherous men; her priests profane what is holy; they do violence to the law.

Berean Study Bible
Her prophets are reckless, faithless men. Her priests profane the sanctuary; they do violence to the law.

New American Standard Bible
Her prophets are reckless, treacherous men; Her priests have profaned the sanctuary. They have done violence to the law.

King James Bible
Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

Christian Standard Bible
Her prophets are reckless--treacherous men. Her priests profane the sanctuary; they do violence to instruction.

Contemporary English Version
Jerusalem's prophets are proud and not to be trusted. The priests have disgraced the place of worship and abused God's Law.

Good News Translation
The prophets are irresponsible and treacherous; the priests defile what is sacred, and twist the law of God to their own advantage.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Her prophets are reckless-- treacherous men. Her priests profane the sanctuary; they do violence to instruction.

International Standard Version
Its prophets are arrogant and treacherous. Its priests have contaminated the sanctuary. They give perverse interpretations of the Law.

NET Bible
Her prophets are proud; they are deceitful men. Her priests defile what is holy; they break God's laws.

New Heart English Bible
Her prophets are arrogant and treacherous people. Her priests have profaned the sanctuary. They have done violence to the law.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Its prophets are reckless and unfaithful. Its priests contaminate what is holy. They violate the teachings.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Her prophets are wanton And treacherous persons; Her priests have profaned that which is holy, They have done violence to the law.

New American Standard 1977
Her prophets are reckless, treacherous men; Her priests have profaned the sanctuary. They have done violence to the law.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary; they have falsified the law.

King James 2000 Bible
Her prophets are arrogant and treacherous persons: her priests have profaned the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

American King James Version
Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

American Standard Version
Her prophets are light and treacherous persons; her priests have profaned the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But the just Lord is in the midst of her, and he will never do an unjust thing: morning by morning he will bring out his judgment to the light, and it is not hidden, and he knows not injustice by extortion, nor injustice in strife.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Her prophets are senseless men without faith: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have acted unjustly against the law.

Darby Bible Translation
Her prophets are vain-glorious, treacherous persons; her priests profane the sanctuary, they do violence to the law.

English Revised Version
Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have profaned the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

Webster's Bible Translation
Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

World English Bible
Her prophets are arrogant and treacherous people. Her priests have profaned the sanctuary. They have done violence to the law.

Young's Literal Translation
Her prophets unstable -- men of treachery, Her priests have polluted the sanctuary, They have violated the law.
Study Bible
The Judgment on Jerusalem
3Her princes are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves, leaving nothing for the morning. 4Her prophets are reckless, faithless men. Her priests profane the sanctuary; they do violence to the law. 5The LORD within her is righteous; He does no wrong. He applies His justice morning by morning; He does not fail at dawn, yet the unjust knows no shame.…
Cross References
Judges 9:4
So they gave him seventy shekels of silver from the temple of Baal-berith, with which Abimelech hired some worthless and reckless men to follow him.

Jeremiah 23:11
"For both prophet and priest are ungodly; even in My house I have found their wickedness," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 23:32
"Indeed," declares the LORD, "I am against those who prophesy false dreams they tell to lead My people astray with their reckless lies. It was not I who sent or commanded them, and they are of no benefit at all to these people," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 34:19
The officials of Judah and Jerusalem, the court officials, the priests, and all the people of the land who passed between the pieces of the calf,

Ezekiel 22:26
Her priests do violence to My law and profane My holy things. They make no distinction between the holy and the common, and they fail to distinguish between the clean and the unclean. They disregard My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.

Ezekiel 44:23
They are to teach My people the difference between the holy and the common, and show them how to discern between the clean and the unclean.

Malachi 1:6
"A son honors his father, and a servant his master. But if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is your fear of Me?" says the LORD of Hosts to you priests who despise My name. Yet you ask, "How have we despised Your name?"

Malachi 2:7
For the lips of a priest should preserve knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, because he is the messenger of the LORD of Hosts."

Malachi 2:8
"But you have departed from the way, and your instruction has caused many to stumble. You have violated the covenant of Levi," says the LORD of Hosts.

Treasury of Scripture

Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

light.

Isaiah 9:15
The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

Isaiah 56:10-12
His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber…

Jeremiah 5:31
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

her priests.

1 Samuel 2:12-17,22
Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD…

Ezekiel 22:26
Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.

Ezekiel 44:7,8
In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when ye offer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations…







Lexicon
Her prophets
נְבִיאֶ֙יהָ֙ (nə·ḇî·’e·hā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5030: A spokesman, speaker, prophet

are reckless,
פֹּֽחֲזִ֔ים (pō·ḥă·zîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6348: To bubble up, froth, to be unimportant

faithless
בֹּֽגְד֑וֹת (bō·ḡə·ḏō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 900: Treacheries

men.
אַנְשֵׁ֖י (’an·šê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 582: Man, mankind

Her priests
כֹּהֲנֶ֙יהָ֙ (kō·hă·ne·hā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3548: Priest

profane
חִלְּלוּ־ (ḥil·lə·lū-)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2490: To bore, to wound, to dissolve, to profane, to break, to begin, to play

the sanctuary;
קֹ֔דֶשׁ (qō·ḏeš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6944: A sacred place, thing, sanctity

they do violence to
חָמְס֖וּ (ḥā·mə·sū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2554: To treat violently or wrong

the law.
תּוֹרָֽה׃ (tō·w·rāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8451: Direction, instruction, law
Verse 4. - Her prophets. These are the false prophets, who have no true mission from God (comp. Micah 2:11; Micah 3:5). Light; either, frivolous or empty boasters. The word means properly, "boiling over," like water. Vulgate, vesani; Septuagint, πνευματοφόροι, which means, probably, not "inspired by an (evil) spirit," but "carried away by the wind," "light" (comp. Matthew 11:7). Treacherous persons; literally, men of treacheries, who uttered their own fancies as if they were commissioned by God, and so really opposed him whom they professed to represent (Jeremiah 23:32). Her priests have polluted the sanctuary (what is holy). Not the temple only, but all that has to do with God's service, worship, rites, sacrifices; they make no distinction between what is sacred and what is profane (Ezekiel 22:26). They have done violence to the Law. Chiefly, doubtless, by distorting its meaning, and neither observing it themselves nor teaching others to keep it. 3:1-7 The holy God hates sin most in those nearest to him. A sinful state is, and will be, a woful state. Yet they had the tokens of God's presence, and all the advantages of knowing his will, with the strongest reasons to do it; still they persisted in disobedience. Alas, that men often are more active in doing wickedness than believers are in doing good.
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