BibliographyCalvin, John. 9 Imagine how Nehemiah must have felt when he went to Jerusalem. Did Nehemiah allow that situation to cause him to drop his hands in discouragement too? See 2 Timothy 2:15. Would you like to read this article in %%? Let’s not forget the other meaning of the joy of the Lord. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not -, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, fear thou not, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. A SISTER who is a regular pioneer and is married to an elder, says: “Despite maintaining a good spiritual routine, I have struggled with anxiety for many years. "Woe to her that is filthy, and polluted": … Reflect also on the honour it secures to man. 10:13) Also, we can be grateful that we have God’s Word, which is a product of holy spirit. 16.In that day he will say to Jerusalem, “Fear thou not; A contrast between a wicked city and a righteous God. The miserable Jews had an evidence, in figures and shadows, of that future favor which was afterwards manifested by the gospel. 1871-8. 1999. (Neh. Who Is Jesus. 3 Since, then, God gave them so small an evidence of his love, how could it be otherwise but that they must have fainted, when driven far away from their land? 5 Read Zephaniah 3:16, 17. 3:1-3; 5:11, 14) Look for ways to show genuine interest in others at the Kingdom Hall, in the ministry, while enjoying a meal together, or as you converse on the telephone. It shall be said; by prophets, or by friends, congratulating them, or by each to other. The spiritual interest of man engages all the perfections of God, and all the persons of the sacred Trinity. 1905. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. 29:12) It is vital that we draw on that spirit so that we can face any challenge that Satan and his wicked system thrust upon us. (1 Thess. Sion, then! II. this will be said at the time of the Jews' conversion, when reinstated in their own land, and shall be threatened with another remove from it, which they will have no reason to fear: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack; weak, remiss, hang down through fear of mind, and fainting of spirit; and so unfit to meet the enemy, or perform duty; but, on the contrary, pluck up a good heart, be of good courage, fear not the enemy, be vigorous, active, and diligent, in the performance of the service of the Lord, animated by the following considerations: Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. The threats from foreign opposers caused the Jews to slacken their hands, to cease rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls. It also builds lasting friendships and increases mutual confidence in the coming blessings under God’s Kingdom. He therefore shows here more at large the benefit of God’s presence—that God will not dwell idly in his Church, but will be accompanied with his power. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". 2. 17 l The Lord your God is in your midst, n a mighty one who will save; o he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Majesty and love. Let not thine hands be slack, in the work of the Lord, building the city and temple, and restoring the worship of God; take heart, O ye returned captives, for God your King is with you. 10, 11. Zephaniah 3:3 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not … John Trapp Complete Commentary. 1983-1999. I have come to realize the importance of developing a good personal relationship with Jehovah before difficult situations arise.”, Each one in the congregation can be a source of encouragement to others (See paragraph 14). Copyright © 2020 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. How does Jehovah strengthen our hands today? Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. God used his “great power” and “mighty hand” to strengthen the Jews’ drooping hands. In that day he will say to Jerusalem, “Fear thou not; And to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, 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. (a) When problems arise, what might we do, but of what should we remind ourselves? The Prophet, no doubt, means here, that God thus succors his elect, not that they may indulge in pleasures, as is too often the case, but that they may, on the contrary, strenuously devote themselves to the performance of their duties. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. (a) How did Asa respond when the Ethiopians were threatening Judah? They then completed Jerusalem’s walls in just 52 days! either by the Prophets, or by common report: it makes no great difference, whether there would be teachers to announce their state joyful and prosperous, or whether all men would, by common consent, applaud God’s favor, when he had removed from his people all wars, troubles, and fears, so as to make them live in quietness. He comes to an anchorage: he has reached his desire. 1, 2. 16 In that day, it will be said to Jerusalem, “Don’t be afraid, Zion. But by taking a part for the whole, he understands by the word hands, every other part of the body; for by the hands men perform their works. Though the Church is now scattered and torn, and seems little short of being ruined, yet God is ever present with us in his only-begotten Son: we have also the gate of the celestial kingdom fully opened. Exploring the Meaning of Zephaniah 3 Durch Joe David . Contemplate the effects in their extended influence. "Be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises," Hebrews 6:12. When, therefore, the Jews were ejected from their inheritance, it was, as we have said elsewhere, a sort of repudiation; it was the same as if a father were to eject from his house a son, and to repudiate him. He was personally involved in rebuilding Jerusalem’s  walls. 15:7, ftn.) https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/zephaniah-3.html. He uses lies and threats from governments, religious leaders, and apostates. (1 Chron. He will renew thee in his love, Thus, for those with eyes to see and ears to hear, this passage in Zephaniah is truly a hidden gem. The Prophet proceeds still to confirm the same truth, but employs a different mode of speaking. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:16". The work to be performed is beneficial in its operations. Joy. o he will rejoice over you with gladness; . The words of Zechariah 8:9, 13 (read) were spoken while the temple in Jerusalem was being rebuilt, and those words are very fitting for us. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Her princeswithin her are roaring lions; her judgesare eveningwolves; they gnaw not the bones till … "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:16". 13, 14. This is what the “appointed festivals” mean. Sion! Let not thine hands be slack — (Hebrews 12:12). BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. That can be like an anchor attached to a boat, not allowing the boat to move forward. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 5:7) We can take to heart what God told the Israelites, that his mighty ‘hand is not too short to save’ his loyal servants. "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:16". (16) Compare Isaiah 35:3-4; Isaiah 62:11, et seq. To those battling the effects of old age, health limitations, opposition from their family, loneliness, or the loss of a loved one. How can you be motivated and strengthened to endure and have joy? Lib. He means in short—that God is most highly pleased when he can show himself kind to his Church. But you can be assured that God is ready to give you a helping hand.​—Read Isaiah 41:10, 13. 73:23, 24. If you sense that your hands have dropped down in any of these areas, ask for God’s help. We at the same time see that God, as it were, humbles himself; for if it be asked whether these things are suitable to the nature of God, we must say, that nothing is more alien to it. A People with the Lord's Security (Zephaniah 3:15-17) a. The current theories of some kind of a Golden Age called the Millennium to take place after the Second Advent of Christ have no support in the Bible. Let not thine hands be slack - This may refer, first, to the rebuilding of the temple of God, after the return from Babylon; and, secondly, to their diligence and zeal in the Christian Church. Like Nehemiah, how can elders strengthen the hands of those in the congregation? And to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack] Remollescant. 12:12, 13) Many in the first century received that sort of spiritual strengthening. Rather, we should do our part. Zephaniah 3:16 Translation & Meaning. But in the midst of the rebellious nation there is a faithful remnant (Zephaniah 2:3); to it are addressed Zephaniah 3:8 ff.It is exhorted to remain loyal in the midst of the calamity, for the future has brighter things in store. "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:16". THE WORLD JUDGMENT AND ITS EFFECTS, Zephaniah 3:8-13. 12. It is to cause our hands to slacken in the work of preaching the Kingdom good news. In that day; the day or time of restitution, when the captivity returned shall be settled in their land. (b) What will we discuss? 7 Moses put into action a plan that proved to be the key to their success. The dark mind is enlightened, the hard heart is softened, the perverse will is subjected, the drowsy conscience is roused, the inverted affections are rightly directed, the carnal nature regenerated, and the profligate life is changed into purity of deportment. 16 With Jehovah’s backing, Nehemiah and those with him strengthened their hands for the work. 5:16) Similarly, many loving elders have been able to imitate Nehemiah by assisting on theocratic construction projects or by cleaning and maintaining their local Kingdom Hall. 5:7) We can take to heart what God told the Israelites, that his mighty ‘hand … (1-4) Jerusalem, the wicked city. Zephaniah 3:16, ESV: "On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak." I prefer "Yahweh Hides." "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:16". A heathen poet says,—, Not well do agree, nor dwell on the same throne, 1. And to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack,” through faint-heartedness (see Hebrews 12:12), but work with all thy might; be ready to do or bear anything; since Christ worketh with, in, by thee, and “in due time we shall reap, if we faint not” Galatians 6:9. Fear thou not] Why shouldest thou while the King of Israel is in the midst of thee? 10 We can be sure that the Devil will never let his hands drop down in his efforts to stop our Christian activities. III. If you face circumstances that bring you stress or make you feel weighed down physically, emotionally, or even spiritually, where can you receive the needed courage? "Zephaniah" means "Yahweh Hides [or Has Hidden]," "Hidden in Yahweh," "Yahweh's Watchman," or "Yahweh Treasured." Then see how his spirit “energizes you, giving you both the desire and the power to act.” (Phil. "[35] This is profoundly true, of course, provided that the Millennium is understood to be the present period of the Church's sojourn in the wilderness of her probation. 1. The expression "a thousand years" is applied in the Book of Revelation to the entire current dispensation of God's love; and the same period is also called "a little time," and "a thousand, two hundred and three score days," and "forty two months," and "time and times and half a time"; and a careful study of Revelation requires all of them to be understood as a reference to the current age of the Church on earth. 59:1) We will discuss three outstanding Bible examples that show Jehovah’s desire and ability to strengthen his people to do his will despite seemingly overwhelming difficulties. See Hebrews 12:12. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". Since all warnings have failed, the judgment is inevitable. This is seen if we reflect on the exalted interest which it engages. ... Zephaniah 3:17(HCSB) Verse Thoughts. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". This is the reason why the Prophet says, that the Church would be lessened by calamities, when God again gathered it. Acting with decisiveness, Aaron and Hur “took a stone and put it under [Moses], and he sat on it. Were those three men running from the battle out of fear? 17:8-13. The uncertainty arises over the etymology of the prophet's name, which scholars dispute. He confirms and shows again the same thing more clearly, He will be at rest (or silent) in his love. 3. 3, 4. So when you face pressures and problems, “do not let your hands drop down”! It is similar today. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. There is, therefore, administered to us at all times more abundant reasons for joy than formerly to the ancient people, especially when they seemed to have been rejected by God. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Zephaniah 3:16". He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. To Jerusalem; inhabitants of Jerusalem, the place being put for the people. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/zephaniah-3.html. The law of parallelism is in favor of this meaning. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". Both these verses (Zephaniah 3:16,17) are encouragement to the Church. Contemplate the effects in their immediate subjects. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. And the support of my spiritual brothers and sisters has brought me much comfort. 17, 18. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". When we face problems or are anxious, we can be sure of what? Rather than give in to fear and discouragement, which is like letting our hands drop down, we are invited by our caring Father, Jehovah, to ‘throw all our anxiety on him.’ (1 Pet. And this time was no different. The work of grace is the work of Zion. What effect can positive words have on fellow Christians? (Prov. COVID-19 IS A WORD NOT A SENTENCE. It robs me of sleep, impacts my health, affects the way I treat others, and sometimes makes me want to give up and crawl into a hole.”. (b) What might cause our hands to drop down? ", According to Ironside, these words, "will be their joy and blessing throughout the Millennium. To save. No! Zephaniah 2 Haggai 1 Zephaniah 3:16-18 New Living Translation (NLT) 16 On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be, “Cheer up, Zion! Do you believe that Jehovah uses his “great power” and “mighty hand” to strengthen his servants today? It would fail to accomplish the work of grace. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. There is the difference only of one letter, [ ד ] for [ ר ], which are very alike. The judgments against Judah and Jerusalem are turned aside, and the nation (or at least a remnant thereof) is set free (see Zephaniah 3:12-13). Love Letters. After one brother lost his wife in death and he faced other painful circumstances, he said: “I learned that we cannot choose our tests, neither their time nor their frequency. 3:16. These arc numerous, powerful, and binding. Zephaniah was the great-great-grandson of Hezekiah (1:1), evidently King Hezekiah of Judah. A Jolt of Joy . And it is worthy of notice, that God exhibits not himself as strong that he may terrify his elect, but only that he may become their preserver. Zion should employ--. Confidence of a victory triumph c. Requires all our heart d. It’s a joy only for God's people 2. 1871-8. "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:16". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/zephaniah-3.html. 15 Following Asa’s stunning victory, the prophet Azariah encouraged him and his people with the words: “But you, be strong and do not let your hands drop, for your activity will be rewarded.” (2 Chron. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:16". (Isa. It follows—. Supineness of spirit is unworthy of a work of grace. "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:16". Being a spiritual work, it has special regard to the interests of the souls of men, and embraces every duty calculated to promote the purity and happiness, the present and eternal salvation, of intelligent beings. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/zephaniah-3.html. Not well do agree, nor dwell on the same throne. To assertain the special work to be performed we have only to acquaint ourselves with the sacred character and required employment of the persons addressed. What Does Zephaniah 3:17 Mean? Recall that the apostle Paul wrote: “Strengthen the hands that hang down and the feeble knees, and keep making straight paths for your feet.” (Heb. (b) What does Jehovah use to strengthen us and give us power? "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:16". Defeated our enemies (15b) c. Security of His presence (15c-17a) d. He will rejoice over you with joy. Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. And hence also we learn that these hyperbolic expressions are not extravagant, when the Prophets say, Thou shalt not afterwards fear, nor see evil: for if we regard the dispersion of that people, doubtless no trial, however heavy, can happen to us, which is not moderate, when we compare our lot with the state of the ancient people; for the land of Canaan was then the only pledge of God’s favor and love. 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