Zephaniah 3 & John 1


Chapter 3

    Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled,
        the oppressing city!
    She listens to no voice;
        she accepts no correction.
    She does not trust in the LORD;
        she does not draw near to her God.
    Her officials within her
        are roaring lions;
    her judges are evening wolves
        that leave nothing till the morning.
    Her prophets are fickle, treacherous men;
    her priests profane what is holy;
        they do violence to the law.
    The LORD within her is righteous;
        he does no injustice;
    every morning he shows forth his justice;
        each dawn he does not fail;
        but the unjust knows no shame.
    “I have cut off nations;
        their battlements are in ruins;
    I have laid waste their streets
        so that no one walks in them;
    their cities have been made desolate,
        without a man, without an inhabitant.
    I said, ‘Surely you will fear me;
        you will accept correction.
    Then your dwelling would not be cut off
        according to all that I have appointed against you.’
    But all the more they were eager
        to make all their deeds corrupt.
    “Therefore wait for me,” declares the LORD,
        “for the day when I rise up to seize the prey.
    For my decision is to gather nations,
        to assemble kingdoms,
    to pour out upon them my indignation,
        all my burning anger;
    for in the fire of my jealousy
        all the earth shall be consumed.
        “For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples
        to a pure speech,
    that all of them may call upon the name of the LORD
        and serve him with one accord.
    From beyond the rivers of Cush
        my worshipers, the daughter of my dispersed ones,
        shall bring my offering.
    “On that day you shall not be put to shame
        because of the deeds by which you have rebelled against me;
    for then I will remove from your midst
        your proudly exultant ones,
    and you shall no longer be haughty
        in my holy mountain.
    But I will leave in your midst
        a people humble and lowly.
    They shall seek refuge in the name of the LORD,
        those who are left in Israel;
    they shall do no injustice
        and speak no lies,
    nor shall there be found in their mouth
        a deceitful tongue.
    For they shall graze and lie down,
        and none shall make them afraid.”
        Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
        shout, O Israel!
    Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
        O daughter of Jerusalem!
    The LORD has taken away the judgments against you;
        he has cleared away your enemies.
    The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst;
        you shall never again fear evil.
    On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
    “Fear not, O Zion;
        let not your hands grow weak.
    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.
    I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival,
        so that you will no longer suffer reproach.
    Behold, at that time I will deal
        with all your oppressors.
    And I will save the lame
        and gather the outcast,
    and I will change their shame into praise
        and renown in all the earth.
    At that time I will bring you in,
        at the time when I gather you together;
    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.

(Zephaniah 3 ESV)


Chapter 1

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

    There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

    The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

    And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.

    And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

    (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

    The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

    The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).

    The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

(John 1 ESV)