A Poor Promise
I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.
This verse brings out some emotions when you meditate upon it for a while because it reveals the kindness of a loving God, a God that looks at your heart and not your circumstance.
Zephaniah was the great-great-grandson of King Hezekiah (a righteous king who loved the Lord.) Zephaniah felt it necessary to prove his royal genealogy which makes his rebukes of the royalty more significant.
He was prophesying to certain groups of people, those in idolatry and pagan worship, letting them know that judgment is coming, which includes death and captivity, but God leaves this promise that some of the afflicted and poor will remain because they trusted in Him.
The word afflicted means: depressed in mind or circumstances, humble, and poor means: weaker, lean, or needy.
Being afflicted (humble,) by remembering that we will be judged for our actions and being poor (needy.)
Mathew 5:3 Blessed are the poor (needy) in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.
When your spirit longs to trust God, you will inherit the promises of God.
He is: Jehovah-Palat