Zephaniah 2:3

Seek GOD, all you quietly disciplined people
who live by GOD’s justice.
Seek GOD’s right ways. Seek a quiet and disciplined life.
Perhaps you’ll be hidden on the Day of GOD’s anger.

From The Message paraphrase.  In this case, it’s a little misleading.  ESV: Zephaniah 2:3
Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land,
who do his just commands;
 seek righteousness; seek humility;
 perhaps you may be hidden
on the day of the anger of the Lord.

Specifically, I don’t like paraphrasing humble of the land with quietly discipline people, or love by God’s justice for do his just commands.  But that’s a paraphrase for you, sometimes it’s really good, sometimes not so much.  Zephaniah is telling those who are humble enough to have God as their God, to seek righteousness and humility, and perhaps they would be protected in the day of God’s anger.  No promises however, because by dint of being part of the community of Judah, they might be swept up in the judgment falling upon God’s apostate people, just as faithful believers were not shielded from the destruction brought about in Germany when Hitler gained power.  God, for inscrutable reasons, does not always protect his faithful people from suffering the consequences of the broader unfaithful culture in which they live.  Our responsibility in light of this fact is to continue to live faithfully and righteously and accept what God brings into our lives humbly and faithfully.  We may be hidden, we may not be hidden.
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