Bible: Joel 3:9-14

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! 1 

3:10 Beat your plowshares 2  into swords,

and your pruning hooks 3  into spears! 4 

Let the weak say, ‘I too am a warrior!’ 5 

3:11 Lend your aid 6  and come,

all you surrounding nations,

and gather yourselves 7  to that place.”

Bring down, O Lord, your warriors! 8 

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 9  the sickle, for the harvest is ripe!

Come, stomp the grapes, 10  for the winepress is full!

The vats overflow.

Indeed, their evil is great! 11 

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

for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision! 12 

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