7 Then the Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies, on those who hate you and persecute you. 8 You will return and obey the Lord, keeping all his commandments I am giving you today. 9 The Lord your God will make the labor of your hands abundantly successful and multiply your children, the offspring of your cattle, and the produce of your soil. For the Lord will once more rejoice over you to make you prosperous just as he rejoiced over your ancestors, 10 if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this scroll of the law. But you must turn to him with your whole mind and being. 11 “This commandment I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it too remote.
15 The Lord has removed the judgment against you; he has turned back your enemy. Israel’s king, the Lord, is in your midst! You no longer need to fear disaster. 16 On that day they will say to Jerusalem,“Don’t be afraid, Zion! Your hands must not be paralyzed from panic! 17 The Lord your God is in your midst; he is a warrior who can deliver. He takes great delight in you; he renews you by his love; he shouts for joy over you.” 18 “As for those who grieve because they cannot attend the festivals—I took them away from you; they became tribute and were a source of shame to you. 19 Look, at that time I will deal with those who mistreated you. I will rescue the lame sheep and gather together the scattered sheep. I will take away their humiliation and make the whole earth admire and respect them.
Notes and References
"... ‘He will rejoice over you with singing’ in Zephaniah 3:17 is reminiscent of two verses in Deuteronomy, these being 28:63 which says ‘As he rejoiced over you to do good … Yahweh will rejoice over you to destroy you’ and 30:9 which says: ‘Yahweh will return to rejoice over you for good.’ The first verse mentioned, if the allusion was picked up on by the audience, could have brought to mind a hidden overtone of judgement but Zephaniah, maybe significantly, chooses to omit this here and concentrate rather on salvation ..."
Pearson, Susan Zephaniah: Plagiarist or Skilled Orator? (p. 46) SIL International, 2011