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Zephaniah 3:14-20

Silver Lining

14 Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! 15 The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. 16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. 17 The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing 18 as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it. 19 I will deal with all your oppressors at that time. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. 20 At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the LORD.

Needlepoint Prophecy

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Musings

And they lived happily ever after! Chapter 3 continues (and ends the short book of Zephaniah) with a very strong note of hope for Jerusalem. The LORD will reverse the current situation and place Israel on the map again in a position of prominence. "I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth" would clearly be a message of hope for the future. As is often the case, the outcast, the lame, etc., are to be lifted up with the fortunes of the state - the tie to assist those less fortunate within their own society seems ever-present in Hebrew writings! I do not think the rumors of Zephaniah's lucrative needlepoint business have any truth to them (nor was he a member of a rock and roll band) - but hey, the rumors had to start somewhere.


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