Joel 3:14
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New International Version
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

New Living Translation
Thousands upon thousands are waiting in the valley of decision. There the day of the LORD will soon arrive.

English Standard Version
Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

New American Standard Bible
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

King James Bible
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the Day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

International Standard Version
"Multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of Judgment! For the Day of the LORD is near in the Valley of Judgment!

NET Bible
Crowds, great crowds are in the valley of decision, for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There are many, many people in the valley of decision. The day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

King James 2000 Bible
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

American King James Version
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

American Standard Version
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! for the day of Jehovah is near in the valley of decision.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Nations, nations in the valley of destruction: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of destruction.

Darby Bible Translation
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of Jehovah is at hand in the valley of decision.

English Revised Version
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

Webster's Bible Translation
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision; for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

World English Bible
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of Yahweh is near, in the valley of decision.

Young's Literal Translation
Multitudes, multitudes are in the valley of decision, For near is the day of Jehovah in the valley of decision.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:9-17 Here is a challenge to all the enemies of God's people. There is no escaping God's judgments; hardened sinners, in that day of wrath, shall be cut off from all comfort and joy. Most of the prophets foretell the same final victory of the church of God over all that oppose it. To the wicked it will be a terrible day, but to the righteous it will be a joyful day. What cause have those who possess an interest in Christ, to glory in their Strength and their Redeemer! The acceptable year of the Lord, a day of such great favour to some, will be a day of remarkable vengeance to others: let every one that is out of Christ awake, and flee from the wrath to come.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - This and the following verses, instead of expressly narrating the execution of the Divine command, present a picture of it. In one part the prophet sees in vision and shows us pictorially the multitudes of the nations pouring on in one continuous stream into the fatal valley. In another compartment of the picture, Jehovah is seen in the awfulness of his majesty and in the fearfulness of his judgments on the wicked, while he is a Refuge and Strength for his people. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision. These multitudes are the tumultuous masses. Hamon is from the root הָמָה, to be noisy, or tumultuous. "It is identical," says Pusey, "with our ' hum; ' then noise, and, among others, the hum of a multitude, then a multitude even apart from that noise. It is used of the throng of a large army." The repetition emphasizes the masses as pits, pits, equivalent to "nothing but pits;" or ditches, ditches, equivalent to "full of ditches;" or it expresses diversity, equivalent to "multitudes of the living and multitudes of the dead." Decision is charuts, cut, something decided;

(1) so sharp, severe judgment, from chafers, to cut into, sharpen, dig.

(2) Others understand it in the sense of a threshing-wain, equivalent to charuts morag, a sharpened threshing-instrument. All things being now ready, the immediate proximity of the judgment is announced to be at hand.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision,.... The same with the valley of Jehoshaphat before mentioned; which shows that not any valley of that name is intended, but a certain place so called from the judgments of God in it; and here named "the valley of decision", because here their judgment will be determined, as Kimchi and Jarchi; and at this time the controversy between God, and his people's enemies, will be decided, and at an end: or "the valley of concision", as the Vulgate Latin version; because in this place, and at this time, the nations gathered together in it will be cut to pieces: or, as others, "the valley of threshing" (p); because, as, in Jehoshaphat's time, the Moabites and Ammonites were threshed by the Jews in the valley of Berachah, to which the allusion is; so at this time the antichristian kings and their armies will be threshed and beaten, and destroyed by the men of Judah, God's professing people; see Micah 4:13; these seem to be the words of the prophet, breaking out into this pathetic exclamation, upon a sight of the vast multitudes gathered together in this valley, and slain in it; and the doubling of the word serves to express the prodigious number of them: and this shows that this prophecy refers either to the vast army of the Turks, under the name of Gog, and the great slaughter that will be made of them; and that this valley may be the same with the valley of Hamongog, that is, the valley of the multitude of Gog, where their multitude of slain shall be buried, Ezekiel 39:11; or to that vast carnage of the antichristian kings and their armies at Armageddon, Revelation 16:14; the Targum is,

"armies, armies, in the valley of the division of judgment:''

for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision; that is, the great and terrible day of the Lord, to take vengeance on all the antichristian powers, both eastern and western, is nigh at hand, which will be done in this valley.

(p) "in valle triturationis", Piscatsr.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. The prophet in vision seeing the immense array of nations congregating, exclaims, "Multitudes, multitudes!" a Hebraism for immense multitudes.

valley of decision—that is, the valley in which they are to meet their "determined doom." The same as "the valley of Jehoshaphat," that is, "the valley of judgment" (see on [1135]Joe 3:2). Compare Joe 3:12, "there will I sit to judge," which confirms English Version rather than Margin, "threshing." The repetition of "valley of decision" heightens the effect and pronounces the awful certainty of their doom.

Joel 3:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord Judges the Nations
13Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, for the wine press is full; The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great. 14Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. 15The sun and moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness.…
Cross References
Isaiah 13:4
Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude! Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! The LORD Almighty is mustering an army for war.

Isaiah 22:1
A prophecy against the Valley of Vision: What troubles you now, that you have all gone up on the roofs,

Isaiah 34:2
The LORD is angry with all nations; his wrath is on all their armies. He will totally destroy them, he will give them over to slaughter.

Joel 1:15
Alas for that day! For the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.

Joel 2:1
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand--

Joel 2:11
The LORD thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty is the army that obeys his command. The day of the LORD is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?

Joel 3:2
I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.

Joel 3:12
"Let the nations be roused; let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the nations on every side.

Zephaniah 1:14
The great day of the LORD is near-- near and coming quickly. The cry on the day of the LORD is bitter; the Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry.
Treasury of Scripture

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

multitudes.

Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the …

Isaiah 34:2-8 For the indignation of the LORD is on all nations, and his fury on …

Isaiah 63:1-7 Who is this that comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? …

Ezekiel 38:8-23 After many days you shall be visited: in the latter years you shall …

Ezekiel 39:8-20 Behold, it is come, and it is done, said the Lord GOD; this is the …

Revelation 16:14-16 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth …

Revelation 19:19-21 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, …

decision. or, concision.

Philippians 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

or, threshing. for.

Joel 2:1 Blow you the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: …

Psalm 37:13 The LORD shall laugh at him: for he sees that his day is coming.

2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are …

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