3 3 Her officials within her
are roaring lions;
her judges are evening wolves
that leave nothing till the morning.
3 4 Her prophets are wanton,
her priests profane what is sacred,
they do violence to the law.
3 5 Yahweh within her is righteous,
he does no wrong;
every morning he shows forth his justice,
each dawn he does not fail;
but the unjust knows no shame.
3 6 "I have cut off nations;
their battlements are in ruins;
I have laid waste their streets
so that none walks in them;
their cities have been made desolate,
without a man, without an inhabitant.
3 7 I said, 'Surely she will fear me,
she will accept correction;
she will not lose sight
of all that I have enjoined upon her.'
But all the more they were eager
to make all their deeds corrupt."
3 8 "Therefore wait for me," says Yahweh,
"for the day when I arise as a witness.
For my decision is to gather nations,
to assemble kingdoms,
to pour out upon them my indignation,
all the heat of my anger;
for in the fire of my jealous wrath
all the earth shall be consumed.
3 9 "Yea, at that time I will change the speech of the peoples
to a pure speech,
that all of them may call on the name of Yahweh
and serve him with one accord.
3 10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia
my suppliants, the daughter of my dispersed ones,
shall bring my offering.
3 11 "On that day you shall not be put to shame
because of the deeds by which you have rebelled against me;
for then I will remove from your midst
your proudly exultant ones,
and you shall no longer be haughty
in my holy mountain.
3 12 For I will leave in the midst of you
a people humble and lowly.
They shall seek refuge in the name of Yahweh,
3 13 those who are left in Israel;
they shall do no wrong
and utter no lies,
nor shall there be found in their mouth
a deceitful tongue.
For they shall pasture and lie down,
and none shall make them afraid."