Bible: Joel 3:1-17

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.

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