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"For behold, in those days and at that time, When I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
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. Then I will enter into judgment with them there On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; And they have 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.3"They have also cast lots for My people, Traded a boy for a harlot And sold a girl for wine that they may 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.4"Moreover, what are you to Me, O Tyre, Sidon and all the regions of Philistia? Are you rendering Me a recompense? But if you do recompense Me, swiftly and speedily I will return your recompense on your head.
5You have taken my silver and gold and all my precious treasures, and have carried them off to your pagan temples.5"Since you have taken My silver and My gold, brought My precious 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.6and sold the sons of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their territory,
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 am going to arouse them from the place where you have sold them, and return your recompense on your head.
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!”8"Also I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the sons of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a distant nation," for 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 a war; rouse the mighty men! Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up!
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 a mighty man."
11Come quickly, all you nations everywhere. Gather together in the valley.” And now, O LORD, call out your warriors!11Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, And gather yourselves there. Bring down, O LORD, Your mighty ones.
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 aroused And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, For there I will sit to judge All the surrounding nations.
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.”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.
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 grow dark And the stars lose their brightness.
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 roars from Zion And utters His voice from Jerusalem, And the heavens and the earth tremble. But the LORD is a refuge for His people And a stronghold to the sons 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, Dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain. So Jerusalem will be holy, And strangers will pass through it no more.
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, And all the brooks of Judah will flow with water; And a spring will go out from the house of the LORD To water the valley of Shittim.
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 a waste, And Edom will become a desolate wilderness, Because of the violence done to the sons of Judah, In whose land they have 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 for all generations.
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.”21And I will avenge their blood which I have not avenged, For the LORD dwells in Zion.
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