Bible: Joel 3

The Lord Plans to Judge the Nations

3:1 1  For look! In those 2  days and at that time

I will return the exiles 3  to Judah and Jerusalem. 4 

3:2 Then I will gather all the nations,

and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. 5 

I will enter into judgment 6  against them there

concerning my people Israel who are my inheritance, 7 

whom they scattered among the nations.

They partitioned my land,

3:3 and they cast lots for my people.

They traded 8  a boy for a prostitute;

they sold a little girl for wine so they could drink. 9 

3:4 Why are you doing these things to me, Tyre and Sidon? 10 

Are you trying to get even with me, land of Philistia? 11 

I will very quickly repay you for what you have done! 12 

3:5 For you took my silver and my gold

and brought my precious valuables to your own palaces. 13 

3:6 You sold Judeans and Jerusalemites to the Greeks,

removing them far from their own country. 14 

3:7 Look! I am rousing them from that place to which you sold them.

I will repay you for what you have done! 15 

3:8 I will sell your sons and daughters to 16  the people of Judah. 17 

They will sell them to the Sabeans, 18  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! 19 

3:10 Beat your plowshares 20  into swords,

and your pruning hooks 21  into spears! 22 

Let the weak say, ‘I too am a warrior!’ 23 

3:11 Lend your aid 24  and come,

all you surrounding nations,

and gather yourselves 25  to that place.”

Bring down, O Lord, your warriors! 26 

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 27  the sickle, for the harvest is ripe!

Come, stomp the grapes, 28  for the winepress is full!

The vats overflow.

Indeed, their evil is great! 29 

3:14 Crowds, great crowds are in the valley of decision,

for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision! 30 

3:15 The sun and moon are darkened;

the stars withhold 31  their brightness.

3:16 The Lord roars from Zion;

from Jerusalem 32  his voice bellows out. 33 

The heavens 34  and the earth shake.

But the Lord is a refuge for his people;

he is a stronghold for the citizens 35  of Israel.

The Lord’s Presence in Zion

3:17 You will be convinced 36  that I the Lord am your God,

dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain.

Jerusalem 37  will be holy

conquering armies 38  will no longer pass through it.

3:18 On that day 39  the mountains will drip with sweet wine, 40 

and the hills will flow with milk. 41 

All the dry stream beds 42  of Judah will flow with water.

A spring will flow out from the temple 43  of the Lord,

watering the Valley of Acacia Trees. 44 

3:19 Egypt will be desolate

and Edom will be a desolate wilderness,

because of the violence they did to the people of Judah, 45 

in whose land they shed innocent blood.

3:20 But Judah will reside securely forever,

and Jerusalem will be secure 46  from one generation to the next.

3:21 I will avenge 47  their blood which I had not previously acquitted.

It is the Lord who dwells in Zion!

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