Zephaniah 3:9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent. Crushed into atoms and leveled Down to the humblest dust With never a heart to pity, With never a hand to trust. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/zephaniah-3.html. CHAPTER 3:8-20 . We hence then learn what I have stated—that God cannot be rightly invoked by us, until he draws us to himself; for we have profane and impure lips. When interpreted in this manner, Zephaniah 3:9-13, just as they stand, seem to make a good continuation of Zephaniah 3:8, which announces the coming of the judgment. 9. Its hardest words are such as these,--implicit trust, unstaggering faith. "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:9". We are said then to serve God with one shoulder when we strive by mutual consent to assist one another. Of course it is the flesh that ought to be subdued and made to serve. An earnest of the removal of this penalty was the gift of tongues on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-47); the full restoration of the earth's unity of language and of worship is yet future, and is connected with the restoration of the Jews, to be followed by the conversion of the world. "Then" signals a major change in time as well as in the focus of Zephaniah"s prophecy. It is a real conversion, as was said of Saul at the beginning 1 Samuel 10:9; "God" (literally) "turned to him another heart." BibliographyCalvin, John. This book contains the prophecies attributed to the prophet Zephaniah, and is a part of the Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets. Pardon may be gotten for our other sins by faith in Christ’s blood, discordiam neque si sanguinem fundamus expiabimus (saith Oecolampadius to the Lutherans of his time), our scandalous discords God will judge. BibliographyTrapp, John. . This promise seems primarily to respect the Jewish captives in Babylon, and to imply that God would, by the captivity, and other methods of his providence, so reform them and wean them from their idolatries and other sins, that they should, upon their return to their own land, all join together to glorify him with one mind and one mouth, and serve him alone in sincerity and truth. For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call on the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent. Zephaniah 3:9 Context. The Divine law is a burden which men are reluctant to assume. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. When these terrible punishments happen, God will protect the people who trust him (Zephaniah 3:9-13). ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. No grain of the precious metal is lost; but its value is indefinitely enhanced by the artistic labour bestowed upon it. So then, if they are yet angry and Gentiles, it is better for them to have their tongues divided. People who have been faithful, and humble, will be forgiven for their transgressions committed against the Lord. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. ZEPHANIAH 3:9-20. For — The blessed things promised in this and Zephaniah 3:10 are the immediate results of the punishment inflicted on the nations, mentioned in Zephaniah 3:8 (compare Zephaniah 3:19). "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:9". We delight in the law of Christ after the inward man; but we find another law in our members, warring against the law of our mind. 1. 1. See Isaiah 19:18; Hosea 14:3; and see Joel 2:28, where a similar promise is found. --- Shoulder, like people carrying a burden. According to Zephaniah 1:1, "The word of the Lord came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi . Zephaniah 3:9 (King James Version) ... Zephaniah 3:10 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. Confidence of a victory triumph c. Requires all our heart d. It’s a joy only for God's people 2. In reference to our fellow-men. And they must be humble. Sooner or later self-will makes us hateful both to ourselves and to our neighbours. You may know it by its very ring and tone. from the face of the earth,” declares the L ord.. 3 “I will sweep away d man and beast;. This also may have another meaning. 1. Prayer For Purity Of Heart And Humility . 1917. " In fact, the miracle of tongues on the Day of Pentecost was a token fulfillment of this promise. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/zephaniah-3.html. "This section is reminiscent of the tower of Babel (Genesis 11). Compare Isaiah 19:18; Zechariah 14:9; Romans 15:6, “with one mind and one mouth glorify God.” The Gentiles‘ lips have been rendered impure through being the instruments of calling on idols and dishonoring God (compare Psalm 16:4; Hosea 2:17). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/zephaniah-3.html. The prophet Zephaniah. in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah." The Biblical Illustrator. The only option before us is--in which? Zephaniah 3:9 KJ21 For then will I return to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord. Prayers for Zephaniah 3:9. Aben Ezra in Psal. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, "I will turn to the peoples a pure language ...", John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, ‘I would that men would stretch forth hands to heaven in every place.’, That they may call upon the name of the Lord, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. (C. H. "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:9". Introduction (1:1) Author This is the only time in the prophetic books that an author traces his geneaology. Maimon. MEANING OF MY NAME “עתרי” IThaRey. In the flesh, or in the spirit, we must suffer. (One of the godly kings.) Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem!” (3:14). Crushed into atoms and leveled Down to the humblest dust With never a heart to pity, With never a hand to trust. why should any Camian hit us in the teeth with our many sects and schisms? Zephaniah 3:9. These I will bring, not into the fire only, but through it, and will refine them as silver is refined, Zechariah 13:7; Zechariah 13:9, so that their tongue shall be as choice silver, Proverbs 10:20, their lip shall be a pure lip, as it is here, a lip of excellence, Proverbs 17:7, so that they shall scatter pearls, Matthew 7:6, throw abroad treasure, Matthew 12:35, even apples of gold in shrines of silver, Proverbs 25:11, they shall purify themselves, as God is pure, 1 John 3:3. But he speaks first of a pure lip, I will turn, he says, to the nations a pure lip. For then will I turn to the nations a pure lip, that they may all invoke the name of the Lord, and serve Him with one shoulder. There is a pure language with regard to providence. “Cure sin, and you cure sorrow,” say the reason and the conscience of man. The fruit of the lips is the "sacrifice of praise" Hebrews 13:15. The metaphor is taken from beasts drawing together in one yoke, or men setting their shoulders together to one burden. Similar to Zephaniah 3:9, the earth was united by a single language. To serve him with one consent - literally, with one shoulder or back; metaphor from a yoke or burden "borne between two," as the grapes of Eshcol were carried by the spies (Numbers 13:23): helping one another with conjoint effort. The cycle operates at a personal level, for each of us, and at a "church" level, where a set of people with a set of beliefs and habits needs to improve. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". For then will I return to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord. 5. It is not that men may use better Hebrew, but that their hearts and lives should conform to the will of God, a characteristic distinctive of the redeemed "in Christ" who are "a new creation" (2 Corinthians 5:17). The blessed things promised in this and Zephaniah 3:10 are to be the immediate results of the punishment about to be inflicted by God, in behalf of Israel, on the nations mentioned in Zephaniah 3:8 (cf. 6 I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant. It is not enough that we yield to the will of God; we must heartily and cheerfully adopt it if we are to be free. We ever ran together, strove, laboured, fought, vanquished, and did all together, in much peace and concord. In whatever degree the oneness is impaired within the Church, while there is yet one faith of the creeds, He alone can restore it and 'turn to her a purified language,' who first gave it to those who waited for Him. Give the soul once the pure language, and it begins to talk of Christ as its beginning, and Christ as its end. –Dr. there shall be one Lord, and his name one. The child of God talks about God’s providence as being always wise and good. Shout, O Israel! When interpreted in this manner, Zephaniah 3:9-13, just as they stand, seem to make a good continuation of Zephaniah 3:8, which announces the coming of the judgment. II. That they may, all of them, call on the name of Jehovah, — 1871-8. So we have to make sure everyone knows which verse is being spoken of. When the work is done, he washes it in “the proper fiery acid,” which eats out the base alloy, and leaves the pure gold untouched. She has not obeyed His voice, She has not received correction; She has not trusted in the LORD, She has not drawn near to her God. Compare Zephaniah 1:4, Zephaniah 1:5. that they may. But this is forced: it suffices that people unite in faith and obey the Church. . 2 c “I will utterly sweep away everything. Then a man must be humble, confident, and filial. A People with the Lord's Joy (Zephaniah 3:14) a. If one of the two bearers of a burden, laid on both conjointly, give way, the burden must fall to the earth (Calvin). This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. God gave back one pure language, when, on the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit, the Author of purity, came down in fiery tongues upon the Apostles, teaching them and guiding them “into the whole truth” John 16:13, and to “speak to every one in his own tongue, wherein he was born, the wonderful works of God” Acts 2:8, Acts 2:11. ), The adaptation of/ the established Church to the prophesied purposes of God. When it is used towards God. Shall we let these weak wavering wills of ours be the sport of the impulses, now good and now evil, which rise within us, and try to be content with yielding at one time to the flesh, and at another time to the spirit? This event has been seen as a reversal of Babel ( Genesis 11:1; Genesis 11:6-7; Genesis 11:9). 3. "From this point forward, there is a new note of victory in Zephaniah. This revelation indicates that everyone living on the earth at the beginning of the Millennium will be a believer in Jesus Christ (cf. In short, the beginning of prayer is from that hidden cleansing of the Spirit of which the Prophet now speaks. A pure language.—The discord of Babel shall, as it were, give place to unity of language, when the worship of “gods many” shall yield to the pure service of Jehovah, whom men shall “with one mind and one mouth glorify.”. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. "Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!" : “God divided the tongues at Babel, lest, understanding one another, they should form a destructive unity. When the Church serves God with one shoulder, and when all “the nations” serve Him with one shoulder, then at last the pain and effort of obedience will be over, and we shall serve God with unbroken gladness because we and all men serve Him with a single and a perfect heart. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/zephaniah-3.html. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. Zephaniah 3:9-10. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Zephaniah 3:9". Hence it is necessary to press on your attention your Christian obligations. Zephaniah wrote that the day of the Lord was near (1:14), that it would be a time of wrath (1:15), that it would come as judgment on sin (1:17), and that ultimately it would result in the blessing of God’s presence among His people (3:17). All we can do is choose the law to which we will yield. Whether Hebrew shall be the one universal language or not, the God of the Hebrews shall be the one only object of worship. What is this pure language, and how may we know it? BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. A contrast between a wicked city and a righteous God. For they never after their restoration worshipped different gods, as they had done before; but all joined, as well those of the ten tribes that returned, as those of Judah and Benjamin, in the worship of Jehovah alone; nor did the nation in general ever afterward fall into gross idolatry. ", etc, especially in prophetic passages. after all that is implied in Zephaniah 3:8. To serve him with one consent — Hebrew, with one shoulder; that is, unanimously, and with joint endeavours. The outward confusion of Babel was to hinder oneness in evil and a worse confusion. BibliographyBenson, Joseph. 1909-1922. Thus also the Lord changes his discourse; for at one time he addresses the ungodly, and at another he turns to the elect, who were but a remnant. Zephaniah. Will I turn to the people - This promise must refer to the conversion of the Jews under the Gospel. saith one; old heresies new vamped! All other rights reserved. They served the Lord with one shoulder, we shoulder one another: they kept unity with purity without schism, much less heresy, glorifying the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with one mind and with one mouth, Romans 15:6, with a pure lip, as it is here; we are quot homines, tot sententiae, so many men, so many minds. (Theodoret) --- All people shall know and adore the Lord, which was verified only after Christ's coming. And if we render the verb, “restore,” with Drusius and Grotius, then we must adopt this meaning. On serving God with one shoulder It was Zephaniah's lot to speak on the most unpleasant subject in the Bible -- the judgment of God. The heathen shall be converted, and shall help in the restoration of Israel. ◄ Zephaniah 3:9 ► For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call on the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent. If they wish for one tongue, let them come to the Church, for in diversity of the tongues of the flesh, there is one tongue in the Faith of the heart.” In whatever degree the oneness is impaired within the Church, while there is yet one faith of the creeds, He alone can restore it and ‹turn to her a purified language,‘ who first gave it to those who waited for Him. Some codices, with Syriac, and Vulgate, read "and may". BibliographyBarnes, Albert. Now it shall be again of "one lip;" and that, "purified." "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:9". If ye speak with several tongues will not he that comes in think ye are mad? [Zephaniah 3:9 YLT] Each of these translators is expressing that fact that it is Jehovah who will call peoples by his name, not that the people, as such, will call upon himself. Removed His judgments (15a) b. Daniel 11:35; Daniel 12:10. A multitude of nations are mentioned throughout Zephaniah, but apart from this single verse I can't see any evidence for these nations receiving any kind of salvific concern. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:9". If we would enter into a true security and an enduring rest, we must make His will our will. 1983-1999. I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh, &c. BibliographyCoke, Thomas. This scripture is talking about the second coming, and that after a lot of destruction-type things, that God will give us all a pure language... imagine that. The confusion of languages was of the penalty sin, probably idolatry at Babel (Ge 11:1-6, Margin, where also "lip" expresses language, and perhaps also religion; Zep 3:4, "a tower whose top may reach unto heaven," or rather, points to heaven, namely, dedicated to the heavens idolized, or Bel); certainly, of rebellion against God's will. They had been before idolaters: now God promises to restore his pure worship among them. turn to the people a pure language — that is, changing their impure language I will give to them again a pure language (literally, “lip”). This is seen in--, A plea for the promulgation of the scriptural principles of our Church among the rising generation. Read Zephaniah 3:9 - 'King James Version' translation - For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent. By these He gradually and patiently carries out His conception of us, His purpose in us. "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:9". If they wish for one tongue, let them come to the Church, for in diversity of the tongues of the flesh, there is one tongue in the Faith of the heart." Zeph 3:9 "For then I ... (Lxx) translates qereb with the phrase "en soi" meaning "in you." Out from the mine and the darkness, Out from the damp and the mold, Out from the fiery furnace, Cometh each grain of gold. turn to the people a pure language—that is, changing their impure language I will give to them again a pure language (literally, "lip").
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