Zephaniah used it more frequently than any other prophet. She will have so little fear, that men will be able to call her the fearless one. Rather, we should do our part. I am aware of a formatting issue in the NIV '84 edition. Zephaniah ZION’S JOY AND GOD’S Zephaniah 3:14, Zephaniah 3:17. 3 Her officials within her. It is to cause our hands to slacken in the work of preaching the Kingdom good news. 2 She obeys no one, she accepts no correction. Zephaniah 3:17. It can imply having a positive and hopeful view of the future. To strengthen one’s hands can have the sense of being encouraged, fortified, and empowered for action. In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not - For “perfect love casteth out fear” John 4:18; from where he saith, “Fear not, little flock; it is your Father‘s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” Luke 12:32. Who then and what should the Church or the faithful soul fear, since “mightier is He that is in her, than he that is in the world? See Hebrews 12:12. And whenever we meet with this mode of speaking, we ought especially to remember, that it is not without reason that God labors so much to persuade us of his love, because we are not only prone by nature to unbelief, but exposed to the deceits of Satan, and are also inconstant and easily drawn away from his word: hence it is that he assumes the character of man. But that redemption of the people of Israel ought at this day to be borne in mind by us; for it was a memorable work of God, by which he intended to afford a perpetual testimony that he is the deliverer of all those who hope in him. It is simpler to assume this than to supply ל from the previous clause. Question: "What does it mean that God will rejoice over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17)?" Zephaniah delivers a prophecy of redemption to the faithful remnant of Israel, scattered by her enemies. 17 Serving shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters promotes unity. The threats from foreign opposers caused the Jews to slacken their hands, to cease rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls. 13, 14. TERMS OF USE God will similarly give us strength to stand firm against opposition, apathy, and anxiety so that we can carry out our preaching work. 1 Woe to the city of oppressors, rebellious and defiled! Not well do agree, nor dwell on the same throne. (Prov. This is the voice of thousands whose state demands assistance. This is the reason why the Prophet says, that the Church would be lessened by calamities, when God again gathered it. To save. 29:12) It is vital that we draw on that spirit so that we can face any challenge that Satan and his wicked system thrust upon us. Zephaniah 3:17 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. Spontaneae lassitudines morbos loquuntur, faithlessness argueth a diseased soul. (16) Compare Isaiah 35:3-4; Isaiah 62:11, et seq. (b) How did God respond to Nehemiah’s prayer? THESE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE WORK BETTER IN GOOGLE CHROME WHEN USING ADOBE READER INSTEAD OF ADOBE ACROBAT The import of the whole is, that Jerusalem would be so tranquil that either the Prophets, or all with common consent would say, “Thou enjoyest thy rest: for God really shows that he cares for thee; there is therefore no cause for thee hereafter to fear.” For there is expressed here a real change: since the Jews had been before in daily fear, the Prophet intimates, that they would be so safe from every danger, as to be partakers of the long-wished-for rest, with the approbation even of the whole world. Let us never allow other pursuits and activities to interfere with the means that Jehovah uses to strengthen and encourage us. "I look up toward the hills. They are also expressive of an agent employed. The Prophet, no doubt, means here, that God thus succors his elect, not that they may indulge in pleasures, as is too often the case, but that they may, on the contrary, strenuously devote themselves to the performance of their duties. 5:16) Similarly, many loving elders have been able to imitate Nehemiah by assisting on theocratic construction projects or by cleaning and maintaining their local Kingdom Hall. He had 1,000,000 experienced soldiers. 11 We are also made stronger by divine education at our Christian meetings, assemblies, conventions, and in our theocratic schools. Zephaniah prophesied during the reign of godly King Josiah (640-609BC), most likely in the latter portion of his reign (between 640-630BC). Fear thou not - Thou shalt have no more captivities nor national afflictions. they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. Jehovah, he says, in the midst of thee strong, will save.