To be ashamed on this sort is no shame, but a sign of that godly sorrow that worketh repentance never to be repented of; and not to know shame, to be frontless and impudent, is the note of a naughty man, Ezekiel 16:52. but, 'Thou shalt not. Because the reprobate proceed in their wicked courses, as it were, with closed eyes, and as it has been previously said, they know no shame: though God charges them with their sins, they yet despise and reject every warning with a shameless front; yea, they kick against the goads. Biblical Commentary Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13 EXEGESIS: THE BROAD CONTEXT: The first verse of this book tells us that “the word of Yahweh… came to Zephaniah, the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah, the son of Amon, king of Judah” (1:1). This is the essence of Pharisaism. Used by Permission. Here the Prophet points out the main spring of the evil, because the Jews had hardened themselves in a perverse self-confidence, as they thought that all things were lawful for them, inasmuch as they were God’s chosen people. For then will I take away them that rejoice in thy pride — Or, greatness: or, as some render it, that exult in their pride. Zephaniah 3:11. So it was necessary that some consolation should be given to the faithful, that they might patiently bear the diminution of the Church, which had been previously predicted. “We are God’s holy people, “Because God will separate the chaff from the wheat, and will gather the wheat; ye shall be, as it were, in the storehouse of God; the chosen seed shall alone remain; there will be such purity, that the glory of the Lord shall shine forth among you: ye shall not therefore be ashamed of the disgraceful deeds by which ye are now contaminated.”. But at that Day it will not be so, especially when that shall be which I promise thee in the prophets and the Psalms, 'There shall be a Fountain opened for sin and for uncleanness' Zechariah 13:1; whence David also, exulting in good hope of the Holy Spirit, saith, 'Thou shalt wash me and I shall be whiter than snow' Psalm 51:7. For then will I remove from the midst of thee He shows how necessary the diminution would be; for all must have perished, had not God cut off the putrid members. In Zephaniah 3:11-13 the prophet explains what the effect of the judgment will be upon Judah and Jerusalem. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/zephaniah-3.html. But it may seem strange that the Prophet should say, that sins should be covered by oblivion, which the Jews ought indeed to have thought of often and almost at all times, according to what Ezekiel says, ‘Thou wilt then remember thy ways, and be ashamed,’ But when the fullness of that day shall come, the fullness of My Resurrection, when the members shall rise, as the Head hath risen, will the memory of past foulness bring any confusion? The reinstated nation shall be purged of this spiritual pride. Now, before that Day comes, the Day of My Resurrection, thou wilt be ashamed and not without reason, since thou ownest by a true confession, 'all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags' Isaiah 64:6. 1840-57. "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:11". Zephaniah calls the people to be “humble” and “lowly.” Spend some time reflecting on the meaning of those words. 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. For thou shalt be cleansed; for it is God’s purpose to reserve a few, by whom he will be purely worshipped. In that day — The day of judgment and purification (8-10). "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:11". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". ‹For Christ, our Forerunner, hath ascended for us now to appear in the presence of God.‘ So then He took away the guilt of all and freed believers from failures and shame.” Peter, even in heaven, must remember his denial of our Lord, yet not so as to be ashamed or pained anymore, since the exceeding love of God will remove all shame or pain. As then they imagined that God was thus bound to them, they insolently despised all admonitions, as though they were exempt from every law and restraint. The temple of the Lord! One of the most prominent features that we learn from Zephaniah concerning the Day of the Lord is that God will intervene in human affairs. while they little regarded the Lord of the temple. Are there any examples of people in your life who embody these qualities? But as we are extremely prone to arrogance and pride, we ought carefully to seek to conduct ourselves in a meek and humble manner, when favored with God’s singular benefits; for when we begin falsely to glory in God’s name, and to put on an empty mask to cover our sins, it is all over with us; inasmuch as to our wickedness, to our contempt of God, and to other evil lusts and passions, there is added perverseness, for we persevere in our course, as it were, with an iron and inflexible neck. ‘Punish people’ means ‘hurt people because they have done wrong things’. "In that day shalt thou not be put to shame for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me; for then I will take away out of the midst of thee thy proudly exulting ones, and thou shalt no more be haughty in my holy mountain. ... ZEPH 3:11 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain Ezekiel says, that the fruit of repentance would be, that the faithful, covered with shame, would condemn themselves. 19 And I will deal severely with all who have oppressed you. The statement may mean these wolves devour their prey so completely that not even a bone is left to gnaw by the time morning arrives. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. 1870. 1801-1803. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. The church, the church, the Catholic Church! But the answer is easy: When he says, that the Church had sinned, he refers to that mixture, by which no distinction is made between the wheat and the chaff. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:11". 3:1 Woe to her that is rebellious and polluted! The third Sunday of Advent traditionally has a focus on joy. Jeremiah also in a similar manner represents their boasting as false, when they pretended to be the temple of God. On account of the mount of my holiness. 1909-1922. we are a royal priesthood, Vatables and Drusius regard the word as having this sense here.—Ed. Compare Jeremiah 13:17, “mine eyes shall weep for your pride.” The converted remnant shall be of a humble spirit (Zephaniah 3:12; Isaiah 66:2, Isaiah 66:10). "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. Go to. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/zephaniah-3.html. Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Zephaniah Chapter 3 Metaphysically Interpreting Zephaniah 3:1-7. So, "going about to establish his own righteousness, he did not submit himself to the righteousness of God," but shut himself out from the faith and grace and salvation of Christ, and rejected Himself. to the oppressing city! ‹For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God‘ Romans 3:23.” Pride which is ever offensive to God, is yet more hideous in a holy place or a holy office, “in” Mount Sion where the temple was or in the Christian priesthood. In that day thou shalt not be ashamed of thy doings, In that day — Or, after that time; shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings — Thy guilt and thy punishment shall cease: thou shalt be pardoned and reformed. Jeremiah 7:4. He then names the pride of the people; and yet he addresses the elect, who were afterwards to be gathered. Ver. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/zephaniah-3.html. But at that Day it will not be so, especially when that shall be which I promise thee in the prophets and the Psalms, ‹There shall be a Fountain opened for sin and for uncleanness‘ Zechariah 13:1; whence David also, exulting in good hope of the Holy Spirit, saith, ‹Thou shalt wash me and I shall be whiter than snow‘ Psalm 51:7. But there might be another meaning in this verse as well. ‹For we are justified not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His great mercy.‘ But we have been released from shame. Now, before that Day comes, the Day of My Resurrection, thou wilt be ashamed and not without reason, since thou ownest by a true confession, ‹all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags‘ Isaiah 64:6. For then I will take away out of the midst of thee - The wicked Jewish priests and scribes who blasphemed Christ, and would not come under his yoke. it; since it should now be destroyed: the Jews gloried in the temple, and behaved proudly and haughtily on the account of it; reckoned themselves secure, because of that; and trusted and gloried in the sacrifices there offered up, and the services there performed; see Jeremiah 7:4. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. And thou shalt no more be elevated The converted remnant shall be of a humble spirit (Zep 3:12; Isa 66:2, 10). In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain. Romans 6:21, but that shame will bring glory, and, when that glory cometh in its place, will wholly pass away. "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:11". For ‹He‘ hath restored us to freedom of access to God, Who for our sakes arose from the dead, and for us ascended to heaven in the presence of the Father. (11) No more be haughty . "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". When disease is removed from the human body, the body itself is necessarily weakened; and it is sometimes necessary to amputate a member, that the whole body may be preserved. them that rejoice in thy pride—those priding themselves on that which thou boastest of, thy temple ("My holy mountain"), thy election as God's people, &c., in the Pharisaic spirit (Jer 7:4; Mic 3:11; Mt 3:9). It actually says that God will excise (remove) all the wicked people from Judah’s midst! So (Rup. The prophet piles on the exhortations … Continue reading "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:14-20" Pride which is ever offensive to God, is yet more hideous in a holy place or a holy office, "in" Mount Sion where the temple was or in the Christian priesthood. Since it is so, justly does Ezekiel say, that shame would be the fruit of true repentance, according to what Paul also says in the sixth chapter to the Romans (Romans 6:21), “Of which ye are now ashamed.” He intimates, that when they were sunk in their unbelief, they were so given to shameful deeds, that they perceived not their abomination. Because they were to be separated from the profane and gross despisers of God; for as long as the good and the evil were mixed together, it was a reproach common to all. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. Thou shalt not be ashamed, he says, for the sins by which I have been offended. Thou shalt no more be haughty; thou, O nation of the Jews, formerly full of haughty thoughts of yourselves, your sacrifices, and your privileges; but you shall no more boast, or glory, or vaunt yourselves herein. But the last clause has led interpreters astray, for the Prophet adds, For I will take away from the midst of thee those who exult: but the Prophet’s design, as I have stated, was different from what they have supposed; for he shows that there was no reason for the Jews to lament and deplore the diminution of the Church because the best compensation was offered to them, which was, that by this small number God would be purely served. (m) "in monte sancto meo", V. L. Vatablus, Cocceius; "in monte sanctitatis meae", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Calvin, Burkius. This was first fulfilled in the Gospel. Zephaniah 3 ; ZEPH 3:1 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city! Not a question, Shalt thou not? The temple of the Lord, & c., Jeremiah 7:4, with Jeremiah 7:9,10. It follows—. in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah." See Psalms 93:1; Isaiah 12:5. "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:11". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. In Zephaniah 3:11, God declares what will not happen to Judah. : "Mighty promise, mighty consolation. But it may be again objected—That the Church is cleansed from all spots, inasmuch as the reprobate are taken away; for he says, Thou shalt not be ashamed of the evil deeds by which thou hast sinned, literally, against me, that is, by which thou hast transgressed against me. that is, when God shall be pacified. We hence see that this cannot be otherwise applied than to the remission of sins. (i:e., thou shalt no more) he ashamed:' thou shalt then have no cause to be ashamed: for I will then take away out of the midst of thee those who by their sins gave thee formerly cause for shame (Zephaniah 3:7). What are some practical ways you could grow in these two areas of life? She does not trust in the LORD; she does not draw near to her God. All confusion shall (cease, because all pride shall cease, the parent of sin and confusion. He will bring [you] quietness with His love. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:11". The converted remnant shall be of a humble spirit, "mourning" over their national and individual sin (Zephaniah 3:12; Isaiah 66:2; Isaiah 66:10). (Haydock) --- They trusted too much to the temple, Jeremias vii. If Yahweh intends to “save those who are lame, and gather those who were driven away,” perhaps he intends his service to the weak to serve as a sign that he will bring salvation to all—both weak and strong. Romans 9:6. God here addresses, it may be said, the faithful themselves: He then does not speak of the evil deeds of those whom the Lord had rejected. The Prophet seems now to cut off this fruit from repentance: but what he says ought to be otherwise understood, that is, that the Church would be then free from reproach; for the reprobate would be separated, all the filth would be taken away, when God gathered only the remnant for himself; for in this manner, as it has been said, the wheat would be separated from the chaff. BibliographyGill, John. we are a chosen race, The Setting for the Book of Zephaniah . For a discussion of this and other options, see Adele Berlin, Zephaniah … Zeph 3:11 "In that day you will feel no shame because of all your deeds by which you have rebelled against Me; for then I will remove from your midst your proud, exulting ones, and you will never again be haughty on My holy mountain. Since, then, these boastings were in the mouth of them all, the Prophet says, that it was the pride of the whole people. Why? Because of mine holy mountain] Jeremiah 7:4. Zephaniah 3:11-13 New International Version (NIV) 11 On that day you, Jerusalem, will not be put to shame for all the wrongs you have done to me, because I will remove from you Zephaniah 3:11 "In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain." In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings - Because God, forgiving them, will blot them out and no more remember them. Thus the Popish clergy cry out, The church, the church, the Catholic Church! Them that rejoice in thy pride— Those who raised, or caused thy pride; namely, the Jewish priests and scribes, who proudly boasted themselves against the Messiah; and in whose stead the Lord introduced the meek and lowly people, the disciples of Christ; Zephaniah 3:12. The Theology of Zephaniah 1 The Day of the Lord. For then will I take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride - (Those of thee who exult in pride.) He will purge his Church of such formalists. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. So, “going about to establish his own righteousness, he did not submit himself to the righteousness of God,” but shut himself out from the faith and grace and salvation of Christ, and rejected Himself. In that day thou shalt not be ashamed of thy doings, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. The Lord your God is among you, a warrior who saves. BibliographyWesley, John. 2012. "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:11". He will rejoice over you with gladness. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/zephaniah-3.html. For how shall the redeemed forget the mercies of their redemption, or yet how feel a painful shame even of the very miseries, out of which they were redeemed by the fullness of the overstreaming Love of God? the temple of the Lord! BibliographyConstable, Thomas. The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, cried they aloud that nothing cared for the Lord of the temple. BibliographyBenson, Joseph. It means: ‘On that day you will not be ashamed because of what you have done.’ (See Zephaniah 3:11.) Here the Prophet teaches us, that the Church would be different, when God removed the dross and gathered to himself a pure and chosen people: and the Prophet stated this, that the faithful might not think it hard that God so diminished his Church that hardly the tenth part remained; for it was a sad and a bitter thing, that of a vast multitude a very few only remained. Zephaniah 3:11. For he says, I will take away from the midst of thee those who exult in thy pride, Some render the word in the abstract, the exultations of thy pride: but the term עליזים, found here, is never in construction rendered exultations. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/zephaniah-3.html. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. Zephaniah 3:11. 1871-8. .—His very privileges—the adoption and the Shechinah, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the Temple service—had hitherto been used by the Jew as a pretext for obduracy. For then will I take away them that rejoice in thy pride — Or, greatness: or, as some render it, that exult in their pride. 1865-1868. For then will I take away them that rejoice in thy pride — Or, greatness: or, as some render it, that exult in their pride. Zephaniah 3:11. Doings. Peter also goes on to tell us the response that we should have to the day of the Lord (c.f. --- Mountain. Cyril: “No one can doubt that when Christ came in the flesh, there was an amnesty and remission to all who believed. God goes on to declare that He will do 2 things in Zephaniah … BibliographyCalvin, John. How then could Israel glory in its vast number, since they were all like the giants carrying on war against God? The temple shall be destroyed, that all may know that I am attached to virtue alone, (Calmet) and not to any edifice or place. 1832. The placement of these verses (Zephaniah 3:9-20) seems to place their fulfillment after the eternal judgment prophesied in Zephaniah 3:8; but as Keil noted, "All of this commenced to be fulfilled with the coming of Christ, and will be completely realized at his return to judgment. BibliographyClarke, Adam. (i) For they will have full remission of their sins, and the hypocrites who boasted of the temple, which was also your pride in times past, will be taken from you. She will not be put to shame because of her rebellious actions. For then will I take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride - (Those of thee who exult in pride.) 2 Peter 3: 11-13). 4. Josiah had begun to reign in Judah about 80 years after the northern kingdom of Israel had been swept away by the Assyrian invaders. By which thou hast transgressed against me; "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". Thus Jeremiah represents them as exclaiming, The temple of the Lord! Zephaniah 3:11 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain. "E.W. For when the body of the people was complete, it was, we know, a mass of iniquity. . 11. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/zephaniah-3.html. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. Zephaniah 3:11 "In that day you will feel no shame because of all your deeds by which you have rebelled against Me; for then I will remove from your midst your proud, exulting ones, and you will never again be haughty on My holy mountain. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/zephaniah-3.html. In this case there is a grievous diminution, but as there is no other way of preserving the body, the remedy ought to be patiently sustained. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/zephaniah-3.html. All other rights reserved. All confusion shall (cease, because all pride shall cease, the parent of sin and confusion. "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:11". I will purge out from thee those hypocrites who continue in their sins, unconcerned and unreformed, and yet rely on outward privileges, ordinances, and forms of worship. Israel, restored to God's favour, shall be cleansed and sanctified. But he now promises that there would be a distinction, when God took away the proud, who exulted in vain boasting. ), “thy pride” may be the pride in being the people of God, and having Abraham for their father. For though he elsewhere saith, 'they looked unto Him and were lightened, and their faces were not ashamed' Psalm 34:5, yet in this mortal life, when the Day of My Resurrection doth not fully shine upon thee, thou art after some sort ashamed; as it is written, 'What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed?' I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". She listens to no voice; she accepts no correction. The Prophet now says, Thou shalt not be ashamed of thy former infamy. Zephaniah uses the word dqp three times (1:8,9,12). We need to respond by: living lives of holiness (set apart), and godliness (concerned with the things of God, things that are everlasting) waiting and hastening the coming of the day of God. "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:11". "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:11". The word [ גאות ] means exaltation or glory in a good as well as in a bad sense. 1685. Zephaniah 3:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Zephaniah 3:11, NIV: "On that day you, Jerusalem, will not be put to shame for all the wrongs you have done to me, because I will remove from you your arrogant boasters.Never again will you be haughty on my holy hill." Shalt thou not be ashamed - Thy punishment shall cease, for God shall pardon thy sin. Thou shalt not then add to take pride in my holy mountain, We now then see how careful we ought to be, lest the favors of God, which ought by their brightness to guide us to heaven, should darken our minds. So the Jesuits and their Romish crew cry, the Church, the Church, the Catholic Church, ad ravem usque, until hoarse like so many oyster-wives: but this is not the guise of God’s people. 1765. Our reading from Zephaniah sets the tone: “Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Joseph Benson's Commentary. you will be disgraced no more. The Day of the Lord involves God’s Intervention. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. Those proud spirits who caused thee to dislike my law, and who set up idols in my temple shall disappear. This tells us that some people will ‘look for the *LORD’ (Zephaniah 2:3). Her officials within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves that leave nothing till the morning. Zephaniah’s prophetic revelations and stern warnings occurred during Josiah’s reign (Zephaniah 1:1), and this would place his writings between 640 and 609 B.C. Josiah led Judah to religious and social reform, but Zephaniah declared that these spiritual changes would not last.The people of Judah would return to wickedness and rebellion against God. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. He made his "boast of the law," yea, in God Himself, that he "knew His will," and was a "guide of others" Romans 2:17-20, Romans 2:23, and so was the more indignant, that the pagan was made equal to him, and that he too was called to repentance and faith in Christ. Compare Jer 13:17, "mine eyes shall weep for your pride." In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings. "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:11". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:11". ", "In that day ..." is another reference to Messianic times. The idea behind that noun “pride” is “swollen, puffed up.” And “haughty” is a synonym, meaning “exalted, upward,” even “arrogant.” 1857. In the Book of Zephaniah, the third and final chapter is about the the age-old cycle of the human condition: ceasing to do evil, and learning to do good. The very gift of God becomes to the carnal a source of pride. They would not because He would remove all the pride from their hearts (cf. Exodus 19:6. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/zephaniah-3.html.
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