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 Lord comes

that great and terrible day!

2:32 It will so happen that

everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered. 3 

For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem 4  there will be those who survive, 5 

just as the Lord has promised;

the remnant 6  will be those whom the Lord will call. 7 

The Lord Plans to Judge the Nations

3:1 8  For look! In those 9  days and at that time

I will return the exiles 10  to Judah and Jerusalem. 11 

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 

3:8 I will sell your sons and daughters to 23  the people of Judah. 24 

They will sell them to the Sabeans, 25  a nation far away.

Indeed, the Lord has spoken!

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,

and your pruning hooks 28  into spears! 29 

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 Lord, your warriors! 33 

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 Lord is near in the valley of decision! 37 

3:15 The sun and moon are darkened;

the stars withhold 38  their brightness.

3:16 The Lord roars from Zion;

from Jerusalem 39  his voice bellows out. 40 

The heavens 41  and the earth shake.

But the Lord is a refuge for his people;

he is a stronghold for the citizens 42  of Israel.

The Lord’s Presence in Zion

3:17 You will be convinced 43  that I the Lord am your God,

dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain.

Jerusalem 44  will be holy

conquering armies 45  will no longer pass through it.

3:18 On that day 46  the mountains will drip with sweet wine, 47 

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 Lord,

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 Lord who dwells in Zion!

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