Joel 3
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1 “At the time of those events,” says the LORD, “when I restore the prosperity of Judah and Jerusalem,1“Yes, in those days and at that time, when I restore Judah and Jerusalem from captivity,
2I will gather the armies of the world into the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will judge them for harming my people, my special possession, for scattering my people among the nations, and for dividing up my land.2I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning My people, My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations as they divided up My land.
3They threw dice to decide which of my people would be their slaves. They traded boys to obtain prostitutes and sold girls for enough wine to get drunk.3They cast lots for My people; they bartered a boy for a prostitute and sold a girl for wine to drink.
4“What do you have against me, Tyre and Sidon and you cities of Philistia? Are you trying to take revenge on me? If you are, then watch out! I will strike swiftly and pay you back for everything you have done.4Now what do you have against Me, O Tyre, Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you rendering against Me a recompense? If you retaliate against Me, I will swiftly and speedily return your recompense upon your heads.
5You have taken my silver and gold and all my precious treasures, and have carried them off to your pagan temples.5For you took My silver and gold and carried off My finest treasures to your temples.
6You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, so they could take them far from their homeland.6You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, to send them far from their homeland.
7“But I will bring them back from all the places to which you sold them, and I will pay you back for everything you have done.7Behold, I will rouse them from the places to which you sold them; I will return your recompense upon your heads.
8I will sell your sons and daughters to the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the people of Arabia, a nation far away. I, the LORD, have spoken!”8I will sell your sons and daughters into the hands of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans—to a distant nation.” Indeed, the LORD has spoken.
9Say to the nations far and wide: “Get ready for war! Call out your best warriors. Let all your fighting men advance for the attack.9Proclaim this among the nations: “Prepare for war; rouse the mighty men; let all the men of war advance and attack!
10Hammer your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Train even your weaklings to be warriors.10Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weak say, ’I am strong!’
11Come quickly, all you nations everywhere. Gather together in the valley.” And now, O LORD, call out your warriors!11Come quickly, all you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves. Bring down Your mighty ones, O LORD.
12“Let the nations be called to arms. Let them march to the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I, the LORD, will sit to pronounce judgment on them all.12Let the nations be roused and advance to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit down to judge all the nations on every side.
13Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread the grapes, for the winepress is full. The storage vats are overflowing with the wickedness of these people.”13Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full; the wine vats overflow because their wickedness is great.
14Thousands upon thousands are waiting in the valley of decision. There the day of the LORD will soon arrive.14Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the Day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
15The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will no longer shine.15The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will no longer shine.
16The LORD’s voice will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth will shake. But the LORD will be a refuge for his people, a strong fortress for the people of Israel. Blessings for God’s People16The LORD will roar from Zion and raise His voice from Jerusalem; heaven and earth will tremble. But the LORD will be a refuge for His people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.
17“Then you will know that I, the LORD your God, live in Zion, my holy mountain. Jerusalem will be holy forever, and foreign armies will never conquer her again.17Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who dwells in Zion, My holy mountain. Jerusalem will be holy, never again to be overrun by foreigners.
18In that day the mountains will drip with sweet wine, and the hills will flow with milk. Water will fill the streambeds of Judah, and a fountain will burst forth from the LORD’s Temple, watering the arid valley of acacias.18And in that day the mountains will drip with sweet wine, and the hills will flow with milk. All the streams of Judah will run with water, and a spring will flow from the house of the LORD to water the Valley of Acacias.
19But Egypt will become a wasteland and Edom will become a wilderness, because they attacked the people of Judah and killed innocent people in their land.19Egypt will become desolate, and Edom a desert wasteland, because of the violence done to the people of Judah, in whose land they shed innocent blood.
20“But Judah will be filled with people forever, and Jerusalem will endure through all generations.20But Judah will be inhabited forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.
21I will pardon my people’s crimes, which I have not yet pardoned; and I, the LORD, will make my home in Jerusalem with my people.”21For I will acquit their bloodguilt which I have not yet acquitted.” For the LORD dwells in Zion.
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Joel 2
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