Bible: Joel 3:9-21

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 

3:15 The sun and moon are darkened;

the stars withhold 13  their brightness.

3:16 The Lord roars from Zion;

from Jerusalem 14  his voice bellows out. 15 

The heavens 16  and the earth shake.

But the Lord is a refuge for his people;

he is a stronghold for the citizens 17  of Israel.

The Lord’s Presence in Zion

3:17 You will be convinced 18  that I the Lord am your God,

dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain.

Jerusalem 19  will be holy

conquering armies 20  will no longer pass through it.

3:18 On that day 21  the mountains will drip with sweet wine, 22 

and the hills will flow with milk. 23 

All the dry stream beds 24  of Judah will flow with water.

A spring will flow out from the temple 25  of the Lord,

watering the Valley of Acacia Trees. 26 

3:19 Egypt will be desolate

and Edom will be a desolate wilderness,

because of the violence they did to the people of Judah, 27 

in whose land they shed innocent blood.

3:20 But Judah will reside securely forever,

and Jerusalem will be secure 28  from one generation to the next.

3:21 I will avenge 29  their blood which I had not previously acquitted.

It is the Lord who dwells in Zion!

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