Jeremiah 31:33 explains... "But this is the covenant (New Covenant - Jer 31:31-32 - notice the covenant is with Israel and Judah, not just Israel, so clearly this is not spoken to the Church which some take as "Israel" today, but to the united nation, Israel and Judah. Isaiah records a promise to Israel, but applicable to all God's children... "As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you." The notes of our praise are at once the echoes and the occasions of His. And who is to deliver us from all this mighty host except the mighty God? The shepherd took up the sheep itself and laid it upon his shoulders! Not even the foulest words that ever came from the most embittered heart could ever take away that child’s right to call that man his father; a child is a child for ever if he is once a child, and a father is a father for aye if he is once a father. 2:12). ', Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise), Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Your foes may be numerous as the devils in hell, strong and wily; but He will save. O, what a day it will be! In their own view, they may be vile, polluted, worthless; but seen by Him in Jesus, He can, and He does say, to each one, "You are all beautiful, my love, I see no spot in you." Confident of victory;”—, love made him bow his head, and give up the ghost, that he might redeem his people from their sins. GROTIUS says, the Hebrew is used of women who have prostituted their virtue. God the Father is the One who holds His daughter Jerusalem and sings joyfully in her presence. The turtle-dove, when he has once chosen his mate, remains faithful throughout life, and if the beloved dies, he will, in many cases, pine away with grief for her, for his life is wrapped up in hers. Nor will He be satisfied until He has gathered them all around Him within His house in heaven- Jesus presenting to Him the whole body, 'a glorious Church,' exclaiming, "Behold, I and the children whom you have given me." They are a people for the most, part hidden from the knowledge of the world, and but few in number. turn back your captivity--bring back your captives [MAURER]. Give (NAS translation) is not the best translation of this Hebrew word (haphak) which is a word (ESV = "I will change") which describes a turning around, a turning away, a transformation, total change, this turn being manifest not as a slow, progressive change, but as a sudden, radical break with the past (compare repentance - metanoia). He is like the lamb feeding in the pasture, of which no one need to be afraid. 3:17). Ah! Gen 18:12; 24:3; 25:22; 41:21; 48:16; Exod 3:20; 8:22; 10:1; 12:9; 17:7; 23:25; 29:13, 17, 22; 31:14; 33:3, 5; 34:9f, 12; Lev 1:9, 13; 3:3, 9, 14; 4:8, 11; 7:3; 8:16, 21, 25; 9:14; 17:4, 10; 18:29; 20:3, 5f, 18; 23:30; Num 5:27; 11:4, 20f; 14:11, 13f, 42; 15:30; Deut 1:42; 2:14ff; 4:3, 34; 6:15; 7:21; 11:6; 13:1, 5, 11, 13f; 16:11; 17:2, 7, 15, 20; 18:2, 15, 18; 19:10, 19f; 21:8f, 21; 22:21, 24; 23:14, 16; 24:7; 26:11; 28:43; 29:11, 16; 31:16f; Josh 1:11; 3:2, 5, 10; 4:6; 6:25; 7:12f; 8:35; 9:7, 16, 22; 10:1; 13:13; 16:10; 18:7; 24:5, 17, 23; Judg 1:29f, 32f; 3:5; 10:16; 18:20; 1 Sam 4:3; 16:13; 25:37; 1 Kgs 20:39; Job 20:14; Ps 5:9; 36:1; 39:3; 46:5; 48:9; 49:11; 51:10; 55:4, 10f, 15; 62:4; 64:6; 74:4, 11f; 78:28; 82:1; 94:19; 101:2, 7; 103:1; 109:18, 22; 110:2; 138:7; 147:13; Prov 15:31; 26:24; Isa 4:4; 5:8, 25; 6:12; 7:22; 10:23; 12:6; 16:11; 19:1, 3, 14, 24; 24:13; 25:11; 26:9; 29:23; 63:11; Jer 4:14; 6:1, 6; 9:8; 14:9; 23:9; 29:8; 30:21; 31:33; 46:21; Lam 1:15, 20; 3:45; 4:13; Ezek 11:19; 22:27; 36:26f; Hos 5:4; 11:9; Joel 2:27; Amos 2:3; 3:9; 5:17; 7:8, 10; Mic 3:11; 5:7f, 10, 13f; 6:14; Nah 3:13; Hab 2:19; 3:2; Zeph 3:3, 5, 11f, 15, 17; Zech 12:1; 14:1. Zeph 3:18 "I will gather those who grieve about the appointed feasts (cp La 2:6) -- They came from you, O Zion; The reproach of exile is a burden on them. His gospel is just adapted to meet our case. To pour out on them - Who is them? Zephaniah 3:17 Translation & Meaning. To insult, abuse, disgrace. The LORD your God is in your midst - Note the personal possessive pronoun "your!" Zephaniah 3:17: “The LORD your God in your midst, / The Mighty One, will save; / He will rejoice over you with gladness, / He will quiet you in His love, / He will rejoice over you with singing.” September 7th, 2018 by Pastor Ed in devotional. The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing!" Zephaniah 3:17 (NCV) Being married to his people, “he hateth putting away.” Immutability is written on his heart. CALVIN erroneously makes this verse an address to the ungodly; and so MAURER, "Ye shall not have to wait for Me in vain"; I will presently come armed with indignation: I will no longer contend with you by My prophets. Finally, the day of His "coronation" has arrived! Zephaniah 3:17 is the reason they do not need to fear nor faint. The state of Israel was “born” on May 14, 1948, but that event, significant as it is, was not the fulfillment of God’s promise to regather His people and restore their fortunes. The Palestinians persist in failing to acknowledge Israel as a sovereign nation. I am God-tenanted, God-possessed. He Delights In You! I will save the weak and helpless ones; I will bring together. “Remember the silence of Jesus, and expound this text thereby,” says C. H. The Lord will take delight in you, and in his love he will give you new life. Luke 15:7, 10. DIVINE RESTORATION And have we no accusers? Zephaniah 3:17 is a magical verse that assures us of the deep passionate love of God for us. You have said that God takes pleasure in his own name. MARK HIS QUALIFICATIONS. Zephaniah 3:17 (CEB) The LORD your God is in your midst—a warrior bringing victory. John Phillips - Israel's afflicted people will be like a flock of lame and footsore sheep, but their Shepherd will come to guide them home. Trust him to work in you, to work for you, to work with you. 14. For then: Note the conjunction "then" which is a strategic expression of time -- always be alert to this word asking "What happens then?," or "When is then? His love is not changed, even though he does not comfort us. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”, 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. by the Messiah's substitutionary, sacrificial, satisfactory (propitiatory) death on Calvary. His power is omnipotent. How does the joy that God has in his own name apply to me? Zephaniah 3:1-20 . In this case unregenerate men and women are given the gift of regeneration, the gift of new hearts (cf God's promises in Ezek 11:19-note, Ezek 18:31, Ezek 36:26-27-note)! He will rejoice over you. How the idols of the heathen have fallen before him. In other contexts it describes justifiable disgrace or reproach (1Ti 3:7). ", The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. Adam Clarke - In such a state will the Jews be found when they shall hear the universal call, and believe in Christ Jesus. He will rejoice over you and be glad, he will be silent in his love, he will shout over you with joy. “No,” he will say, “upon you be the curse,—you who lived and died without washing in my blood in the fountain opened for sin and for uncleanness; but as for these my people, they have had their sins blotted out; and I will not read what is obliterated; I will be silent in my love.”, The Pleasure of God in the Good of His People He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.. FIVE PERSONAL PROMISES John Calvin takes a similar non-literal approach. He can save, for he is mighty. If you knew that God delights in his name above all things, and if you wanted to be folded into that joy and be a part of the pleasure of God yourself, where would you go? Lev. The calm of God is wonderful to contemplate: his infallible knowledge and infinite power put him beyond fear or question. Surely that day when the King is in her midst and she has no reason to fear (Zeph 3:15) or be afraid has not yet come to pass. To Him be all glory, honor, and power. Ethiopia my suppliants--literally, "burners of incense" (compare Psalms 141:2 , Revelation 5:8 , Revelation 8:3 Revelation 8:4 ). Does the mother share the child’s grief? 9. Recall that the Northern 10 Tribes (often referred to as "Israel") had fallen and been taken into exile by Assyria in 722BC, over a century before the fall of Judah and Jerusalem (586BC) of which Zephaniah prophesied. An absent cry can be an indication of God’s judgment (Isa. The Jews regard not God's justice manifested in the midst of them, nor His judgments on the guilty nations around. There is something very sweet in love; whether it is sweeter to be loved or to love, I know not; but, certainly, when the two experiences meet together, they are like two noble rivers which have flowed through a rich and fertile country, and then combined to make some great lake, or inland sea; then are they broad waters indeed. He will rest in his love. Our God not only saves, but he sings. Shout (Sing) (07442)(ranan) means to give a ringing cry. For the LORD's own, His final word is not of anger, as with the unbelieving nations, but of love, as expressed in this beautiful verse. When He set His heart upon His people, He foresaw and foreknew all that was in them. + In Jehovah she has not trusted; + she has not drawn near to her God. Thy Lord God is strong in the middle of thee, he shall save [thee]; he shall make joy on thee in gladness, he shall be still in thy loving, he shall make joy withoutforth on thee in praising. It cleanses from all sin, and every sinner who believes on him. He knows He’s going to see you through. It is on Your meek and lowly breast The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save , he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. He will rejoice over you with gladness. Refrain. Behold the Father resting in His love- resting in the Son of His love- resting in the gift of His love. The rest of God will come, We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. The LORD, your God, is in the midst of you, a mighty one who will save. Zephaniah 3:17 (ASV) Bank your hope on the righteousness of Christ and not your own. But this would have been almost impossible. Nay, for all these things do but make the Saviour manifest his love to us the more. "Daughter" may seem extraneous in English but consciously joins the various epithets and metaphors of Israel and Jerusalem as a woman, a device used to evoke sympathy from the reader. Website:, Choose Book of Bible to StudyGenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SolomonIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Search Wikipedia using spiritual discretion. Yes! God is infinitely so. It described what was considered base, common, unfit, and having little value. which speaks to Him for me. He will make you fit for Heaven, and take you there. (Micah 4:7-note). Periaireo is used in Hebrews 10:11 describes the picture of futility in which "Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away (periaireo) sins." It isn’t enough to simply know God’s will and do it; we must also do it to please him. 14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. If they speak of the Messiah he is accurate, but for some reason if they are spoken to or of Israel, he generally replaces Israel with the Church [See The Rise of Allegorical Interpretation and Allegorizing and Spiritualizing the Truth]. Proud member When hoary time shall pass away, Shoulder to shoulder - It is interesting that the Lxx uses the noun zugos, which is strictly speaking a crossbeam, the yoke that was used to control two working oxen who worked best when they pulled in unison. Under Josiah's long and peaceful reign the Jews were undisturbed, while the great incursion of Scythians into Western Asia took place. He is glad when His face is mirrored in ours, and the rays from Him are reflected from us. Used by Permission. “Ah!” said one good old divine, “if a father could have a child that had lost eyes and ears, and feet and hands, though he could not breathe in a natural fashion, though he could not feed without some extraordinary means for the digestion of his food, even then his father would do his best to keep him alive; and so surely shall it be with that great Father, who, when he speaks of himself, and of us, always puts his Fatherhood far higher than ours, as Christ did when he said, ‘If ye, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?’ And truly I may say, if an earthly father does not wish to lose his child, if he would endeavor to save his child’s life though it was loaded with ten thousand diseases, how much rather shall our Father who is in heaven see to it that none of his little ones shall perish, but that every one of them shall be preserved!” Do you not see that, because we are God’s sons, we are, therefore, Jesus Christ’s brothers, and “he will rest in his love”? Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. "], Joel 3:12–17; Zec 12:2, 3; 14:2; Mt 24:21). Morris - For thousands of years, including today, the name Israelite or Jew has been a reproach and a byword in all nations. Zeph 3:20 "At that time I will bring you in, even at the time when I gather you together; Indeed, I will give you renown and praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes," Says the LORD. "Come, " says Jesus, "and rest in my love- rest in the reality of my love- rest in the depth of my love- rest in the tenderness of my love- rest in the deathlessness of my love!". Zephaniah (/ ˌ z ɛ f ə ˈ n aɪ. Can this be true? I'll take thy hand, I'm mighty to save, For look ye here, brethren, what is there, to separate you and me from Jesus Christ’s love, which has not been tried already? Call on the Name of the LORD - This is something only someone with a "new heart" would even desire to do, for no man seeks after God (see Ro 3:11-note, cf Ro 8:7-note, Isa 9:13-note, Isa 31:1, see also Ge 4:26; 1Ki 18:24; Jer. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Verses 14-20 After the promises of taking away sin, follow promises of taking away trouble. Anti-Semitism will be no longer! May not this disproportion of our conception of their magnitude and preciousness be traced, in a great measure, to the deficiency of our faith in the plain matter of fact statements of God's word? 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, Zephaniah 3:17 (NRSA) Jesus sees of the travail of his soul when his people are won to him; he has been baptized with his baptism for his church, and he is no longer straitened, for his desire is fulfilled. It is love—love of his own safety, and of his family, and of his country, that has made him fight so bravely. And thus the reason for such great jubilation in Zeph 3:14. What do you need? Hezekiah and Josiah were both good kings and both had bad fathers and evil sons; both failed, in spite of their sincere efforts, to bring the Hebrew people back to God. I will gather - Jehovah Who had chastised Israel and caused the nation to be exiled and then dispersed throughout the nations, will in the end gather them together. You will scarcely believe it for joy, but the testimony of your own eyes shall convince you of the delightful reality (cp Lk 24:41)." ONE of our sweetest hymns commences with this verse,—. Now he rests because the battle is fought, the victory is won, and he, therefore, rejoices in the very love which once caused him to labour. He gave them what they desired but their human kings generally fell far short of an ideal monarchy (Read 1Sa 8:10-18). He will be quiet in His love; Does this remind you of any New Testament passage? How then am I to imagine that he should be interested in me? Amidst all these judgments on the Jewish nation, look forward to the glorious time of restoration to be ushered in by God's precious outpouring of wrath on all nations, Isaiah 30:18-33 ; where the same phrase, "blessed are all they that wait for Him," is used as to the same great event. If these men are right, must not the apostle Paul have been wrong when he declared that he was persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in the whole of creation should ever be able to separate the saints from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus their Lord? Chorus He knew that we should be. rise up to the prey--like a savage beast rising from his lair, greedy for the prey (compare Matthew 24:28 ).