Zephaniah 3:8–13 (NKJV)
8 “Therefore wait for Me,” says the Lord, “Until the day I rise up for plunder; My determination is to gather the nations to My assembly of kingdoms, to pour on them My indignation, all My fierce anger; all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of My jealousy.
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.
10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my worshipers, the daughter of My dispersed ones, shall bring My offering.
11 In that day you shall not be shamed for any of your deeds in which you transgress against Me; for then I will take away from your midst those who rejoice in your pride, and you shall no longer be haughty in My holy mountain.
12 I will leave in your midst a meek and humble people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord.
13 The remnant of Israel shall do no unrighteousness and speak no lies, nor shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth; for they shall feed their flocks and lie down, and no one shall make them afraid.”
In this passage, the Lord explains His intentions to restore Judah and Israel to right standing with Him and in the world. He will gather the nations for judgment, and in that process will call the remnant of His people back home. He mentions specifically Ethiopia, one of the nations judged in chapter 2, as a place from which His daughters and sons will return. He spells out the nature of the new nation: no shame, no pride, no haughtiness, meekness, humility, and trust in the Lord; no lies or deceit, no fear. What a change from the state in which Judah found itself in this instance. Yet God’s grace is promised for restoration. God will do the same for you today. Love Him, come to Him, confess and repent of your sins, and restoration will come!