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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Joel 3:1-21

3  “For, look! in those days and in that time,+ when I shall bring back the captive ones of Judah and Jerusalem,+  I will also collect together all the nations+ and bring them down to the low plain of Je·hosh′a·phat;+ and I will put myself on judgment with them there on account of my people and my inheritance Israel,+ whom they scattered among the nations; and they apportioned out my own land.+  And for my people they kept casting lots;+ and they would give the male child for a prostitute,*+ and the female child they sold for wine, that they might drink.  “And, also, what do YOU have to do with me,* O Tyre and Si′don+ and all YOU regions of Phi·lis′ti·a?+ Is it the treatment that YOU are giving me as a reward? And if YOU are giving such treatment to me, swiftly, speedily I shall pay back YOUR treatment upon YOUR heads.+  Because YOU men have taken my own silver and my own gold,+ and YOU have brought my own desirable good things into YOUR temples;+  and the sons of Judah and the sons of Jerusalem YOU have sold+ to the sons of the Greeks,*+ for the purpose of removing them far from their own territory;+  here I am arousing them [to come] from the place where YOU have sold them,+ and I will pay back YOUR treatment upon YOUR own heads.+  And I will sell YOUR sons and YOUR daughters into the hand of the sons of Judah,+ and they must sell them to the men of She′ba,+ to a nation far away;+ for Jehovah himself has spoken [it].  “Proclaim this, YOU people, among the nations,+ ‘Sanctify war! Arouse the powerful men!*+ Let them draw near! Let them come up, all the men* of war!+ 10  Beat YOUR plowshares into swords and YOUR pruning shears+ into lances. As for the weak one, let him say: “I am a powerful man.”+ 11  Lend YOUR aid and come, all YOU nations round about,+ and collect yourselves together.’”+ To that place, O Jehovah, bring your powerful ones down.+ 12  “Let the nations be aroused and come up to the low plain of Je·hosh′a·phat;+ for there I shall sit in order to judge all the nations round about.+ 13  “THRUST in a sickle,+ for harvest has grown ripe.+ Come, descend, for [the] winepress has become full.+ The press vats actually overflow; for their badness has become abundant.+ 14  Crowds, crowds are in the low plain of the decision,+ for the day of Jehovah is near in the low plain of the decision.+ 15  Sun and moon themselves will certainly become dark, and the very stars will actually withdraw their brightness.+ 16  And out of Zion Jehovah himself will roar, and out of Jerusalem he will give forth his voice.+ And heaven and earth certainly will rock;+ but Jehovah will be a refuge for his people,+ and a fortress for the sons of Israel.+ 17  And YOU people will have to know that I am Jehovah YOUR God,+ residing in Zion my holy mountain.+ And Jerusalem must become a holy place;+ and as regards strangers, they will no more pass through her.+ 18  “And it must occur in that day that the mountains will drip with sweet wine,*+ and the very hills will flow* with milk, and the very streambeds of Judah will all flow with water. And out of the house of Jehovah there will go forth a spring,+ and it must irrigate the torrent valley of the Acacia Trees.*+ 19  As regards Egypt, a desolate waste it will become;+ and as regards E′dom, a wilderness of desolate waste it will become,+ because of the violence to the sons of Judah, in whose land they shed innocent blood.+ 20  But as for Judah, to time indefinite it will be inhabited,+ and Jerusalem to generation after generation.+ 21  And I will consider innocent their blood* that I had not considered innocent;*+ and Jehovah will be residing in Zion.”+

Footnotes

Lit., “for the prostitute.” Heb., baz·zoh·nah′; Gr., por′nais; Lat., in pro·sti′bu·lum.
Lit., “what are you to me?” A Heb. idiom; a repellent question indicating objection to the “treatment.” See App 7B.
“The Greeks,” LXXVg; Heb., hai·Yewa·nim′, “the Ionians.”
See 2:7 ftn.
“Men of.” Heb., ʼan·sheh′, pl. of ʼish.
Or, “fresh grape juice.”
Lit., “go.”
Or, “valley of Shittim.”
That is, death by bloodshed.
“And I will avenge their blood and by no means consider [them] innocent,” LXX; Vg, “And I will cleanse their blood that I had not cleansed.”