7 I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings.

Other Translations of Zephaniah 3:7

New International Version

7 Of Jerusalem I thought, 'Surely you will fear me and accept correction!' Then her place of refugeOr "her sanctuary" would not be destroyed, nor all my punishments come uponOr "all those I appointed over" her. But they were still eager to act corruptly in all they did.

English Standard Version

7 I said, 'Surely you will fear me; you will accept correction. Then yourHebrew her dwelling would not be cut off according to all that I have appointed against you.'Hebrew her But all the more they were eager to make all their deeds corrupt.

The Message

7 "I thought, 'Surely she'll honor me now, accept my discipline and correction, Find a way of escape from the trouble she's in, find relief from the punishment I'm bringing.' But it didn't faze her. Bright and early she was up at it again, doing the same old things.

New King James Version

7 I said, 'Surely you will fear Me, You will receive instruction'-- So that her dwelling would not be cut off, Despite everything for which I punished her. But they rose early and corrupted all their deeds.

New Living Translation

7 I thought, 'Surely they will have reverence for me now! Surely they will listen to my warnings. Then I won't need to strike again, destroying their homes.' But no, they get up early to continue their evil deeds.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Zephaniah 3:7

Commentary on Zephaniah 3:1-7

(Read Zephaniah 3:1-7)

The holy God hates sin most in those nearest to him. A sinful state is, and will be, a woful state. Yet they had the tokens of God's presence, and all the advantages of knowing his will, with the strongest reasons to do it; still they persisted in disobedience. Alas, that men often are more active in doing wickedness than believers are in doing good.