Bible: Joel 2:12-3:21
An Appeal for Repentance
2:12 “Yet even now,” the
“return to me with all your heart –
with fasting, weeping, and mourning.
Tear your hearts, 1
not just your garments!”
2:13 Return to the
for he is merciful and compassionate,
2:14 Who knows?
Perhaps he will be compassionate and grant a reprieve, 4
and leave blessing in his wake 5 –
a meal offering and a drink offering for you to offer to the
2:15 Blow the trumpet 7 in Zion.
Announce a holy fast;
proclaim a sacred assembly!
2:16 Gather the people;
sanctify an assembly!
Gather the elders;
gather the children and the nursing infants.
Let the bridegroom come out from his bedroom
and the bride from her private quarters. 8
2:17 Let the priests, those who serve the
from the vestibule all the way back to the altar. 9
Let them say, “Have pity, O
please do not turn over your inheritance to be mocked,
to become a proverb 10 among the nations.
Why should it be said 11 among the peoples,
“Where is their God?”
2:18 Then the
he had compassion on his people.
“Look! I am about to restore your grain 14
as well as fresh wine and olive oil.
You will be fully satisfied. 15
I will never again make you an object of mockery among the nations.
2:20 I will remove the one from the north 16 far from you.
I will drive him out to a dry and desolate place.
Those in front will be driven eastward into the Dead Sea, 17
and those in back westward into the Mediterranean Sea. 18
His stench will rise up as a foul smell.” 19
2:21 Do not fear, my land!
Rejoice and be glad,
2:22 Do not fear, wild animals! 21
For the pastures of the wilderness are again green with grass.
Indeed, the trees bear their fruit;
the fig tree and the vine yield to their fullest. 22
2:23 Citizens of Zion, 23 rejoice!
Be glad because of what the
For he has given to you the early rains 25 as vindication.
He has sent 26 to you the rains –
both the early and the late rains 27 as formerly.
2:24 The threshing floors are full of grain;
the vats overflow with fresh wine and olive oil.
2:25 I will make up for the years 28
the yeleq-locust, the hasil-locust, and the gazam-locust –
my great army 31 that I sent against you.
2:26 You will have plenty to eat,
and your hunger will be fully satisfied; 32
you will praise the name of the
who has acted wondrously in your behalf.
My people will never again be put to shame.
2:27 You will be convinced that I am in the midst of Israel.
I am the
My people will never again be put to shame.
An Outpouring of the Spirit
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your elderly will have revelatory dreams; 37
your young men will see prophetic visions.
2:29 Even on male and female servants
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
2:30 I will produce portents both in the sky 38 and on the earth –
blood, fire, and columns of smoke.
2:31 The sunlight will be turned to darkness
and the moon to the color of blood, 39
before the day of the
that great and terrible day!
2:32 It will so happen that
everyone who calls on the name of the
just as the
Lord Plans to Judge the Nations
3:2 Then I will gather all the nations,
and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. 49
I will enter into judgment 50 against them there
concerning my people Israel who are my inheritance, 51
whom they scattered among the nations.
They partitioned my land,
3:3 and they cast lots for my people.
They traded 52 a boy for a prostitute;
they sold a little girl for wine so they could drink. 53
3:4 Why are you doing these things to me, Tyre and Sidon? 54
Are you trying to get even with me, land of Philistia? 55
I will very quickly repay you for what you have done! 56
3:5 For you took my silver and my gold
and brought my precious valuables to your own palaces. 57
3:6 You sold Judeans and Jerusalemites to the Greeks,
removing them far from their own country. 58
3:7 Look! I am rousing them from that place to which you sold them.
I will repay you for what you have done! 59
They will sell them to the Sabeans, 62 a nation far away.
Judgment in the Valley of Jehoshaphat
3:9 Proclaim this among the nations:
“Prepare for a holy war!
Call out the warriors!
Let all these fighting men approach and attack! 63
3:10 Beat your plowshares 64 into swords,
Let the weak say, ‘I too am a warrior!’ 67
3:11 Lend your aid 68 and come,
all you surrounding nations,
and gather yourselves 69 to that place.”
Bring down, O
3:12 Let the nations be roused and let them go up
to the valley of Jehoshaphat,
for there I will sit in judgment on all the surrounding nations.
3:13 Rush forth with 71 the sickle, for the harvest is ripe!
Come, stomp the grapes, 72 for the winepress is full!
The vats overflow.
Indeed, their evil is great! 73
3:14 Crowds, great crowds are in the valley of decision,
for the day of the
3:15 The sun and moon are darkened;
the stars withhold 75 their brightness.
The heavens 78 and the earth shake.
he is a stronghold for the citizens 79 of Israel.
Lord’s Presence in Zion
3:17 You will be convinced 80 that I the
dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain.
Jerusalem 81 will be holy –
conquering armies 82 will no longer pass through it.
and the hills will flow with milk. 85
All the dry stream beds 86 of Judah will flow with water.
A spring will flow out from the temple 87 of the
watering the Valley of Acacia Trees. 88
3:19 Egypt will be desolate
and Edom will be a desolate wilderness,
because of the violence they did to the people of Judah, 89
in whose land they shed innocent blood.
3:20 But Judah will reside securely forever,
and Jerusalem will be secure 90 from one generation to the next.
3:21 I will avenge 91 their blood which I had not previously acquitted.
It is the