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15 The LORD has taken away your judgments, He has cast out your enemy. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; You shall see disaster no more. 16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Do not fear; Zion, let not your hands be weak. 17 The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:15-17)

Before going further with Zephaniah, I believe it's important to clarify the identity of Jerusalem and of Zion in this passage.  Reading from Hebrews 12:18-29, we find in the New Testament that this is identified for us as the Church.  Therefore, continuing with Zephaniah 3:

18 “ I will gather those who sorrow over the appointed assembly, Who are among you, To whom its reproach is a burden. 19 Behold, at that time I will deal with all who afflict you; I will save the lame, And gather those who were driven out; I will appoint them for praise and fame In every land where they were put to shame. 20 At that time I will bring you back, Even at the time I gather you; For I will give you fame and praise Among all the peoples of the earth, When I return your captives before your eyes,” Says the LORD.  (Zephaniah 3:18-20)

The Scriptures do promise fame for those who've known shame, reproach, lameness, and affliction.  For brevity, that this isn't only speaking to Israel after the flesh, nor primarily to them, Animals and Gentiles are gathered together in those He's gathering through His High Priestly ministry according to Jeremiah 31:27-28, Ezekiel 38:19-20, Zechariah 2:4-5, and Jeremiah 33:6-16.  There's other passages, but for brevity I list these.  Jeremiah 31:27-28, outside of Messianic prophesies, are the two most important verses in the Old Testament because they clarify that everyone is included and they're the Old Testament version of Romans 11.  He rejoices over YOU with gladness and singing and your shame is out the door!

 

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For the idols speak delusion; the diviners envision lies, and tell false dreams; they comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; they are in trouble because there is no shepherd. Zechariah 10:2

 

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