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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

Zephaniah Chapter 3

Zephaniah 3:1

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To her - Jerusalem.

Zephaniah 3:2

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The voice - Of God by his mercy and judgments crying aloud.

Zephaniah 3:3

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Her princes - Persons of principal place and authority. Lions - Which hunt for prey, and are ever affrighting or devouring. Wolves - Insatiable and cruel, like wolves of the evening, whetted with hunger. Gnaw not the bones - They leave nothing but the bones to be eaten on the morrow.

Zephaniah 3:4

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Her prophet - So called, false prophets. Light - Unstable and inconstant. Violence to the law - Wresting it by perverse interpretation.

Zephaniah 3:5

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In the midst - Observing all. Not do iniquity - He will judge them righteously. Every morning - Daily he discovers his displeasure against the wicked. Faileth not - Lets no season slip to convince them, by public and visible punishments. The unjust - But the wicked Jews proceed without shame, and without fear.

Zephaniah 3:6

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The nations - Of old, the Canaanites, lastly the ten tribes, and later yet, the Assyrians.

Zephaniah 3:7

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I said - I thought (speaking after the manner of men). Thou - O Jerusalem. Fear me - For the many and great judgments executed upon others. I punished them - In some measure.

Zephaniah 3:8

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Therefore - Since you will not be amended. Wait ye - Attend my resolution. Until - Until I rise up to destroy first, and next to take the spoil. Upon them - The incorrigible Jews. Devoured - Consumed as if burnt up. My jealousy - That jealousy wherewith God is jealous for his own glory.

Zephaniah 3:9

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A pure language - I will give them a pure way of worshipping me, the issue of a pure heart.

Zephaniah 3:10

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My dispersed - The praying remnant of the scattered Jews shall return to their own land, and bring themselves an offering unto the Lord.

Zephaniah 3:11

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Thy doings - Thy sins formerly committed. In thy pride - Proud formalists. No more be haughty - Ye shall no more boast, because of the city, or the temple.

Zephaniah 3:12

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Of thee - In Judea and Jerusalem.

Zephaniah 3:13

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Shall feed - Shall enjoy peace and plenty.

Zephaniah 3:15

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Taken away - Abolished, and put an end to the judgments thy sins brought upon thee. Thine enemy - The Babylonian. Is in the midst - He is returned to redeem and govern thee. Any more - While thy carriage is as becomes my presence with thee, thou shalt neither fear, nor feel the like evils.

Zephaniah 3:18

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Sorrowful - That mourn their distance from the solemn worship of God. Who are of thee - Thy children. Reproach - The taunts of their enemies.

Zephaniah 3:19

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Undo - I will break their power and dissolve their kingdom. That halteth - Who is in trouble and ready to fall. Driven out - Into remote countries.

Zephaniah 3:20

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A praise - So the universal church of the first - born will be, in the great day. And then the Israel of God be made a name and a praise to all eternity.

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