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“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.”

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Zephaniah 3:7 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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I said, אָמַ֜רְתִּי To say (used with great latitude) said
Surely אַךְ A particle of affirmation, surely; hence (by limitation) only Surely
thou wilt fear me, תִּירְאִ֤י To fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten wilt fear
thou wilt receive תִּקְחִ֣י To take (in the widest variety of applications) wilt receive
instruction; מוּסָ֔ר Properly, chastisement; figuratively, reproof, warning or instruction; also restraint instruction
so their dwelling מְעוֹנָ֔הּ An abode, of God (the Tabernacle or the Temple), men (their home) or animals (their lair); hence, a retreat (asylum) dwelling
should not וְלֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles should not
be cut off, יִכָּרֵ֣ת 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
howsoever אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc howsoever
I punished פָּקַ֖דְתִּי To visit (with friendly or hostile intent); by analogy, to oversee, muster, charge, care for, miss, deposit, etc punished
them: עָלֶ֑יהָ Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications them
but אָכֵן֙ Firmly; figuratively, surely; also (adversative) but but
they rose early, הִשְׁכִּ֣ימוּ Literally, to load up (on the back of man or beast), i.e., to start early in the morning rose early
and (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
corrupted הִשְׁחִ֔יתוּ To decay, i.e., (causatively) ruin (literally or figuratively) corrupted
all כֹּ֖ל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
their doings. עֲלִילוֹתָֽם׃ An exploit (of God), or a performance (of man, often in a bad sense); by implication, an opportunity doings

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  • 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.

  • 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.


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