ZEPHANIAH 3:6

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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.”

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Zephaniah 3:6 Translation & Meaning

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I have cut off הִכְרַ֣תִּי To cut (off, down or asunder); by implication, to destroy or consume; specifically, to covenant (i.e., make an alliance or bargain, originally by cutting flesh and passing between the pieces) cut off
the nations: גוֹיִ֗ם A foreign nation; hence, a Gentile; also (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts nations
their towers פִּנּוֹתָ֔ם An angle; by implication, a pinnacle; figuratively, a chieftain towers
are desolate; נָשַׁ֙מּוּ֙ To stun (or intransitively, grow numb), i.e., devastate or (figuratively) stupefy (both usually in a passive sense) are desolate
I made their streets חֽוּצוֹתָ֖ם Properly, separate by a wall, i.e., outside, outdoors made streets
waste, הֶחֱרַ֥בְתִּי To parch (through drought) i.e., (by analogy,) to desolate, destroy, kill waste
that none מִבְּלִ֣י Properly, failure, i.e., nothing or destruction; usually (with preposition) without, not yet, because not, as long as, etc none
passeth by: עוֹבֵ֑ר To cross over; used very widely of any transition (literal or figurative; transitive, intransitive, intensive, causative); specifically, to cover (in copulation) passeth
their cities עָרֵיהֶ֛ם A city (a place guarded by waking or a watch) in the widest sense (even of a mere encampment or post) cities
are destroyed, נִצְדּ֧וּ To chase are destroyed
so that there is no מִבְּלִי Properly, failure, i.e., nothing or destruction; usually (with preposition) without, not yet, because not, as long as, etc no
man, אִ֖ישׁ A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) man
that there is none מֵאֵ֥ין A nonentity; generally used as a negative particle none
inhabitant. יוֹשֵֽׁב׃ Properly, to sit down (specifically as judge. in ambush, in quiet); by implication, to dwell, to remain; causatively, to settle, to marry inhabitant

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  • 4  Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

  • 5  The just Lord is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.

  • 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.

  • 7  I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings.

  • 8  Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.




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