7 Of Jerusalem I thought, 'Surely you will fear me and accept correction!' Then her place of refuge[1] would not be destroyed, nor all my punishments come upon[2] her. But they were still eager to act corruptly in all they did.

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.