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Zephaniah 3:5-7 Modern English Version (MEV)

The Lord is righteous in her midst;
    He does no unrighteousness.
Every morning He brings His justice to light;
    He does not fail,
    but the unjust knows no shame.

I have cut off nations,
    their strongholds are devastated;
I have made their streets desolate,
    with no one passing by.
Their cities are destroyed;
    there is no man, no inhabitant.
I said,
    “Surely you will fear Me;
    and you will receive correction.”
So her dwelling will not be cut off,
    according to all that I have appointed against her.
But they were more eager
    to corrupt all their deeds.

Modern English Version (MEV)

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Zephaniah 3:5-7 New International Version (NIV)

The Lord within her is righteous;
    he does no wrong.
Morning by morning he dispenses his justice,
    and every new day he does not fail,
    yet the unrighteous know no shame.

Jerusalem Remains Unrepentant

“I have destroyed nations;
    their strongholds are demolished.
I have left their streets deserted,
    with no one passing through.
Their cities are laid waste;
    they are deserted and empty.
Of Jerusalem I thought,
    ‘Surely you will fear me
    and accept correction!’
Then her place of refuge[a] would not be destroyed,
    nor all my punishments come upon[b] her.
But they were still eager
    to act corruptly in all they did.


  1. Zephaniah 3:7 Or her sanctuary
  2. Zephaniah 3:7 Or all those I appointed over
New International Version (NIV)

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