Bible: Joel 3:2-17
3:2 Then I will gather all the nations,
and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. 1
I will enter into judgment 2 against them there
concerning my people Israel who are my inheritance, 3
whom they scattered among the nations.
They partitioned my land,
3:3 and they cast lots for my people.
They traded 4 a boy for a prostitute;
they sold a little girl for wine so they could drink. 5
3:4 Why are you doing these things to me, Tyre and Sidon? 6
Are you trying to get even with me, land of Philistia? 7
I will very quickly repay you for what you have done! 8
3:5 For you took my silver and my gold
and brought my precious valuables to your own palaces. 9
3:6 You sold Judeans and Jerusalemites to the Greeks,
removing them far from their own country. 10
3:7 Look! I am rousing them from that place to which you sold them.
I will repay you for what you have done! 11
They will sell them to the Sabeans, 14 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! 15
3:10 Beat your plowshares 16 into swords,
Let the weak say, ‘I too am a warrior!’ 19
3:11 Lend your aid 20 and come,
all you surrounding nations,
and gather yourselves 21 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 23 the sickle, for the harvest is ripe!
Come, stomp the grapes, 24 for the winepress is full!
The vats overflow.
Indeed, their evil is great! 25
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 27 their brightness.
The heavens 30 and the earth shake.
he is a stronghold for the citizens 31 of Israel.
Lord’s Presence in Zion
3:17 You will be convinced 32 that I the
dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain.
Jerusalem 33 will be holy –
conquering armies 34 will no longer pass through it.