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Zephaniah 3:9 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For then will I turn to the peoples of a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of Jehovah, to serve him with one consent.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “For then I will give to the peoples purified lips, That all of them may call on the name of the LORD, To serve Him shoulder to shoulder.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For then will I turn to the peoples a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of Jehovah, to serve him with one consent.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Surely, then, will I turn unto the peoples a lip made pure,—that they all may call on the name of Yahweh, may serve him with one consent.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— For then do I turn unto peoples a pure lip, To call all of them by the name of Jehovah, To serve Him [with] one shoulder.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Because then I will restore to the people a chosen lip, that all may call upon the name of the Lord, and may serve him with one shoulder.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For then will I turne to the people a pure language, that they may all call vpon the Name of the LORD, to serue him with one consent.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— For then will I turn to the peoples a tongue for her generation, that all may call on the name of the Lord, to serve him under one yoke.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of Yahweh, to serve him with one consent.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For x3588
(3588) Complement
כִּי
kiy
{kee}
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
then x227
(0227) Complement
אָז
'az
{awz}
A demonstrative adverb; at that time or place; also as a conjugation, therefore.
will I turn 2015
{2015} Prime
הָפַךְ
haphak
{haw-fak'}
A primitive root; to turn about or over; by implication to change, overturn, return, pervert.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
to x413
(0413) Complement
אֵל
'el
{ale}
(Used only in the shortened constructive form (the second form)); a primitive particle, properly denoting motion towards, but occasionally used of a quiescent position, that is, near, with or among; often in general, to.
the people 5971
{5971} Prime
עַם
`am
{am}
From H6004; a people (as a congregated unit); specifically a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively a flock.
a pure 1305
{1305} Prime
בָּרַר
barar
{baw-rar'}
A primitive root; to clarify (that is, brighten), examine, select.
z8803
<8803> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Passive (See H8815)
Count - 1415
language, 8193
{8193} Prime
שָׂפָה
saphah
{saw-faw'}
(The second form is in dual and plural); Probably from H5595 or H8192 through the idea of termination (compare H5490); the lip (as a natural boundary); by implication language; by analogy a margin (of a vessel, water, cloth, etc.).
that they may all x3605
(3605) Complement
כֹּל
kol
{kole}
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
call 7121
{7121} Prime
קָרָא
qara'
{kaw-raw'}
A primitive root (rather identical with H7122 through the idea of accosting a person met); to call out to (that is, properly address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications).
z8800
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
upon the name 8034
{8034} Prime
שֵׁם
shem
{shame}
A primitive word (perhaps rather from H7760 through the idea of definite and conspicuous position; compare H8064); an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character.
of Yhw יָהוֶה, 3068
{3068} Prime
יְהֹוָה
Y@hovah
{yeh-ho-vaw'}
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
to serve 5647
{5647} Prime
עָבַד
`abad
{aw-bad'}
A primitive root; to work (in any sense); by implication to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc.
z8800
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
him with one 259
{0259} Prime
אֶחָד
'echad
{ekh-awd'}
A numeral from H0258; properly united, that is, one; or (as an ordinal) first.
consent. 7926
{7926} Prime
שְׁכֶם
sh@kem
{shek-em'}
From H7925; the neck (between the shoulders) as the place of burdens; figuratively the spur of a hill.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Zephaniah 3:9

_ _ For — The blessed things promised in this and Zephaniah 3:10 are the immediate results of the punishment inflicted on the nations, mentioned in Zephaniah 3:8 (compare Zephaniah 3:19).

_ _ turn to the people a pure language — that is, changing their impure language I will give to them again a pure language (literally, “lip”). Compare for this Hebrew idiom, 1 Samuel 10:9, Margin. The confusion of languages was of the penalty sin, probably idolatry at Babel (Genesis 11:1-6, Margin, where also “lip” expresses language, and perhaps also religion; Zephaniah 3:4, “a tower whose top may reach unto heaven,” or rather, points to heaven, namely, dedicated to the heavens idolized, or Bel); certainly, of rebellion against God’s will. An earnest of the removal of this penalty was the gift of tongues on Pentecost (Acts 2:6-13). The full restoration of the earth’s unity of language and of worship is yet future, and is connected with the restoration of the Jews, to be followed by the conversion of the world. Compare Isaiah 19:18; Zechariah 14:9; Romans 15:6, “with one mind and one mouth glorify God.” The Gentiles’ lips have been rendered impure through being the instruments of calling on idols and dishonoring God (compare Psalms 16:4; Hosea 2:17). Whether Hebrew shall be the one universal language or not, the God of the Hebrews shall be the one only object of worship. Until the Holy Ghost purify the lips, we cannot rightly call upon God (Isaiah 6:5-7).

_ _ serve him with one consent — literally, “shoulder” or “back”; metaphor from a yoke, or burden, borne between two (Numbers 13:23); helping one another with conjoint effort. If one of the two bearers of a burden, laid on both conjointly, give way, the burden must fall to the earth [Calvin]. Christ’s rule is called a burden (Matthew 11:30; Acts 15:28; Revelation 2:24; compare 2 Corinthians 6:14 for the same image).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Zephaniah 3:8-13.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Zephaniah 3:9

A pure language — I will give them a pure way of worshipping me, the issue of a pure heart.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Zephaniah 3:9

For (g) then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.

(g) Lest any should then think that God's glory should have perished when Judah was destroyed, he shows that he will proclaim his grace through all the world.

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will:

Isaiah 19:18 In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction.
Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

language:
Heb. lip,
Genesis 11:1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
*marg.

that:

1 Kings 8:41-43 Moreover concerning a stranger, that [is] not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake; ... Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as [do] thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.
Psalms 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
Psalms 86:9-10 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name. ... For thou [art] great, and doest wondrous things: thou [art] God alone.
Psalms 113:3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD'S name [is] to be praised.
Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and [things] wherein [there is] no profit.
Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
Zechariah 2:11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.
Zechariah 8:20-23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; [It shall] yet [come to pass], that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: ... Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days [it shall come to pass], that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard [that] God [is] with you.
Zechariah 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
Acts 2:4-13 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. ... Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
Romans 15:6-11 That ye may with one mind [and] one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. ... And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.
Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become [the kingdoms] of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

consent:
Heb. shoulder
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Gn 11:1. 1K 8:41. Ps 22:27; 86:9; 113:3. Is 19:18. Jr 16:19. Hab 2:14. Zc 2:11; 8:20; 14:9. Mt 12:35. Ac 2:4. Ro 15:6. Ep 4:29. Rv 11:15.

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What language should we speak when we are worshiping?
- khane (6/4/2011 3:40:03 AM)
A pure language I will give them a pure way of worshipping me, the issue of a pure heart. what pure language that we should speak?
- Khane (6/4/2011 3:38:15 AM)
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