The Lord has promised;

your sorrow has ended and you can celebrate.


When that time comes, you won't rebel against me
and be put to shame.
I'll do away with those who are proud and arrogant.
Never will any of them strut around
on my holy mountain.
But I, the Lord, won't destroy any of your people
who are truly humble
and turn to me for safety.
The people of Israel who survive will live right
and refuse to tell lies.
They will eat and rest with nothing to fear.

Everyone in Jerusalem and Judah,
celebrate and shout with all your heart!
Zion, your punishment is over.
The Lord has forced your enemies
to turn and retreat.
Your Lord is King of Israel and stands at your side;
you don't have to worry about any more troubles.

Jerusalem, the time is coming,
when it will be said to you:
"Don't be discouraged
or grow weak from fear!
The Lord your God wins victory after victory
and is always with you.
He celebrates and sings because of you,
and he will refresh your life
with his love."

The Lord has promised:
Your sorrow has ended, and you can celebrate.
I will punish those who mistreat you.
I will bring together the lame
and the outcasts,
then they will be praised, instead of despised,
in every country on earth.
I will lead you home, and with your own eyes
you will see me bless you
with all you once owned.
Then you will be famous everywhere on this earth.
I, the Lord, have spoken!

                                                  Zephaniah 3:11-20

Contemporary English Version The Holy Bible (New York , NY: American Bible Society 1995)