Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Zephaniah Chapter 3
Metaphysically Interpreting Zephaniah 3:1-7
3:1Woe to her that is rebellious and polluted! to the oppressing city! 3:2She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in Jehovah; she drew not near to her God.
3:3Her princes in the midst of her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they leave nothing till the morrow. 3:4Her prophets are light and treacherous persons; her priests have profaned the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law. 3:5Jehovah in the midst of her is righteous; he will not do iniquity; every morning doth he bring his justice to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame. 3:6I have cut off nations; their battlements are desolate; I have made their streets waste, so that none passeth by; their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, so that there is no inhabitant. 3:7I said, Only fear thou me; receive correction; so her dwelling shall not be cut off, according to all that I have appointed concerning her: but they rose early and corrupted all their doings.
Metaphysically Interpreting Zephaniah 3:8-13
3:8Therefore wait ye for me, saith Jehovah, 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.
3:9For then will I turn to the peoples of a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of Jehovah, to serve him with one consent. 3:10From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.
3:11In 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. 3:12But I will leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall take refuge in the name of Jehovah. 3:13The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth; for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
October 28, 1923: Zephaniah 3:9
Zephaniah 3:9 gives the promise of a pure language whereby people may “call upon the name of Jehovah, to serve him with one consent.” This signifies the purification of man's mind, his thoughts; it no doubt includes the elimination of error words from our language. They will give way to forms of speech more in harmony with absolute Truth.
– UNITY magazine.
Metaphysically Interpreting Zephaniah 3:14-20
3:14Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.3:15Jehovah hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the King of Israel, even Jehovah, is in the midst of thee; thou shalt not fear evil any more. 3:16In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not; O Zion, let not thy hands be slack. 3:17Jehovah thy God is in the midst of thee, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love; he will joy over thee with singing. 3:18I will gather them that sorrow for the solemn assembly, who were of thee; to whom the burden upon her was a reproach. 3:19Behold, at that time I will deal with all them that afflict thee; and I will save that which is lame, and gather that which was driven away; and I will make them a praise and a name, whose shame hath been in all the earth. 3:20At that time will I bring you in, and at that time will I gather you; for I will make you a name and a praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I bring back your captivity before your eyes, saith Jehovah.
June 11, 1950: Zephaniah 3:16-20
Why does the tenor of the prophecy change completely in the latter part of the text of the lesson? It is trying to tell us that when the lesson has been learned, adverse conditions are no longer needed. As the consciousness of God develops, all adverse states disappear. “Jehovah thy God is in the midst of thee.”
How are adverse conditions changed to favorable ones? By the transformation of the sense nature to the spiritual nature, which allows complete freedom to be realized. The attainment of spiritual consciousness is worth whatever it may cost in the process of development.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 01-24-2014