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Joel 3

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God's judgments against the enemies of his people.

3:1 “For, behold, in those days,
and in that time,
when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,

3:2 I will gather all nations,
and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat;
and I will execute judgment on them there for my people,
and for my heritage, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations.
They have divided my land,

3:3 and have cast lots for my people,
and have given a boy for a prostitute,
and sold a girl for wine, that they may drink.

3:4 “Yes, and what are you to me, Tyre, and Sidon,
and all the regions of Philistia?
Will you repay me?
And if you repay me,
I will swiftly and speedily return your repayment on your own head.

3:5 Because you have taken my silver and my gold,
and have carried my finest treasures into your temples,

3:6 and have sold the children of Judah and the children of Jerusalem to the sons of the Greeks,
that you may remove them far from their border.

3:7 Behold, I will stir them up out of the place where you have sold them,
and will return your repayment on your own head;

3:8 and I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hands of the children of Judah,
and they will sell them to the men of Sheba,
to a faraway nation,
for Yahweh has spoken it.”

God will be known in his judgment.

3:9 Proclaim this among the nations:

“Prepare for war!
Stir up the mighty men.
Let all the warriors draw near.
Let them come up.

3:10 Beat your plowshares into swords,
and your pruning hooks into spears.
Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’

3:11 Hurry and come, all you surrounding nations,
and gather yourselves together.”

Cause your mighty ones to come down there, Yahweh.

3:12 “Let the nations arouse themselves,
and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat;
for there will I sit to judge all the surrounding nations.

3:13 Put in the sickle;
for the harvest is ripe.
Come, tread, for the winepress is full,
the vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.”

3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!
For the day of Yahweh is near, in the valley of decision.

3:15 The sun and the moon are darkened,
and the stars withdraw their shining.

3:16 Yahweh will roar from Zion,
and thunder from Jerusalem;
and the heavens and the earth will shake;
but Yahweh will be a refuge to his people,
and a stronghold to the children of Israel.

3:17 “So you will know that I am Yahweh, your God,
dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain.
Then Jerusalem will be holy,
and no strangers will pass through her any more.

His blessing upon the church.

3:18 It will happen in that day,
that the mountains will drop down sweet wine,
the hills will flow with milk,
all the brooks of Judah will flow with waters,
and a fountain will come forth from the house of Yahweh,
and will water the valley of Shittim.

3:19 Egypt will be a desolation,
and Edom will be a desolate wilderness,
for the violence done to the children of Judah,
because they have shed innocent blood in their land.

3:20 But Judah will be inhabited forever,
and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

3:21 I will cleanse their blood,
that I have not cleansed:
for Yahweh dwells in Zion.”

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