Bible: Joel 2:30-3:21
2:30 I will produce portents both in the sky 1 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, 2
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. 12
I will enter into judgment 13 against them there
concerning my people Israel who are my inheritance, 14
whom they scattered among the nations.
They partitioned my land,
3:3 and they cast lots for my people.
They traded 15 a boy for a prostitute;
they sold a little girl for wine so they could drink. 16
3:4 Why are you doing these things to me, Tyre and Sidon? 17
Are you trying to get even with me, land of Philistia? 18
I will very quickly repay you for what you have done! 19
3:5 For you took my silver and my gold
and brought my precious valuables to your own palaces. 20
3:6 You sold Judeans and Jerusalemites to the Greeks,
removing them far from their own country. 21
3:7 Look! I am rousing them from that place to which you sold them.
I will repay you for what you have done! 22
They will sell them to the Sabeans, 25 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! 26
3:10 Beat your plowshares 27 into swords,
Let the weak say, ‘I too am a warrior!’ 30
3:11 Lend your aid 31 and come,
all you surrounding nations,
and gather yourselves 32 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 34 the sickle, for the harvest is ripe!
Come, stomp the grapes, 35 for the winepress is full!
The vats overflow.
Indeed, their evil is great! 36
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 38 their brightness.
The heavens 41 and the earth shake.
he is a stronghold for the citizens 42 of Israel.
Lord’s Presence in Zion
3:17 You will be convinced 43 that I the
dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain.
Jerusalem 44 will be holy –
conquering armies 45 will no longer pass through it.
and the hills will flow with milk. 48
All the dry stream beds 49 of Judah will flow with water.
A spring will flow out from the temple 50 of the
watering the Valley of Acacia Trees. 51
3:19 Egypt will be desolate
and Edom will be a desolate wilderness,
because of the violence they did to the people of Judah, 52
in whose land they shed innocent blood.
3:20 But Judah will reside securely forever,
and Jerusalem will be secure 53 from one generation to the next.
3:21 I will avenge 54 their blood which I had not previously acquitted.
It is the