9 "Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lordand serve him shoulder to shoulder.

Other Translations of Zephaniah 3:9

King James Version

9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, language: Heb. lip that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.

English Standard Version

9 "For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call upon the name of the Lord and serve him with one accord.

The Message

9 "In the end I will turn things around for the people. I'll give them a language undistorted, unpolluted, Words to address God in worship and, united, to serve me with their shoulders to the wheel.

New King James Version

9 "For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, That they all may call on the name of the Lord, To serve Him with one accord.

New Living Translation

9 "Then I will purify the speech of all people, so that everyone can worship the Lord together.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Zephaniah 3:9

Commentary on Zephaniah 3:8-13

(Read Zephaniah 3:8-13)

The preaching of the gospel is predicted, when vengeance would be executed on the Jewish nation. The purifying doctrines of the gospel, or the pure language of the grace of the Lord, would teach men to use the language of humility, repentance, and faith. Purity and piety in common conversation is good. The pure and happy state of the church in the latter days seems intended. The Lord will shut out boasting, and leave men nothing to glory in, save the Lord Jesus, as made of God to them wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Humiliation for sin, and obligations to the Redeemer, will make true believers upright and sincere, whatever may be the case among mere professors.