God is not fooled. Those who do not produce the fruit of faith have no faith and their sins will condemn them.

God is not fooled. Those who do not produce the fruit of faith have no faith and their sins will condemn them.

BibleGateway: Zephaniah 3:1-8

ESV Text: Zephaniah 3:1-8

Zephaniah 3:1–8 (Listen)

Judgment on Jerusalem and the Nations


3:1   Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled,
    the oppressing city!
  She listens to no voice;
    she accepts no correction.
  She does not trust in the LORD;
    she does not draw near to her God.


  Her officials within her
    are roaring lions;
  her judges are evening wolves
    that leave nothing till the morning.
  Her prophets are fickle, treacherous men;
  her priests profane what is holy;
    they do violence to the law.
  The LORD within her is righteous;
    he does no injustice;
  every morning he shows forth his justice;
    each dawn he does not fail;
    but the unjust knows no shame.


  “I have cut off nations;
    their battlements are in ruins;
  I have laid waste their streets
    so that no one walks in them;
  their cities have been made desolate,
    without a man, without an inhabitant.
  I said, ‘Surely you will fear me;
    you will accept correction.
  Then your1 dwelling would not be cut off
    according to all that I have appointed against you.’2
  But all the more they were eager
    to make all their deeds corrupt.


  “Therefore wait for me,” declares the LORD,
    “for the day when I rise up to seize the prey.
  For my decision is to gather nations,
    to assemble kingdoms,
  to pour out upon them my indignation,
    all my burning anger;
  for in the fire of my jealousy
    all the earth shall be consumed.

Footnotes

[1] 3:7 Hebrew her

[2] 3:7 Hebrew her

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KJV Text: Zephaniah 3:1-8

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     1 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city! 2 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God. 3 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow. 4 Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law. 5 The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame. 6 I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant. 7 I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings.

     8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 293 :
O Holy Spirit, Grant us Grace

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1. O Holy Spirit, grant us grace
That we our Lord and Savior
In faith and fervent love embrace
And truly serve Him ever,
So that when death is drawing nigh,
We to His open wounds may fly
And find in them salvation.

2. Help us that we Thy saving Word
In faithful hearts may treasure;
Let e’er that Bread of Life afford
New grace in richest measure.
Yea, let us die to every sin,
For heaven create us new within
That fruits of faith may flourish.

3. And when our earthly race is run,
Death’s bitter hour impending,
Then may Thy work in us begun
Continue till life’s ending,
Until we gladly may commend
Our souls into our Savior’s hand
To rest in peace eternal.


Hymn: LSB 693 :
O Holy Spirit, Grant Us Grace

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1. O Holy Spirit, grant us grace
That we our Lord and Savior
In faith and fervent love embrace
And truly serve Him ever,
The hour of death cannot bring loss
When we are sheltered by the cross
That cancelled our transgressions.

2. Help us that we Thy saving Word
In faithful hearts may treasure;
Let e’er that Bread of Life afford
New grace in richest measure.
O make us die to ev’ry sin,
Each day create new life within,
That fruits of faith may flourish.

3. And when our earthly race is run,
Death’s bitter hour impending,
Then may Thy work in us begun
Continue till life’s ending,
Until we gladly may commend
Our souls into our Savior’s hand,
The crown of life obtaining.


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