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Joel 3:1-21

3*  For lo, in those days and at that time, when I come back to Judah and Jerusalem, 2*  I will gather all the nations and bring them down to Jehoshaphat Vale, and I will plead against them there the case of my people and of my estate Israel, whom they have dispersed among the nations and divided up my country; 3  and over my people they threw lots, and gave a boy for a prostitute and sold a girl for wine and drank it up. 4  And, too, what is your relation to me, Tyre and Sidon and all the marches of Philistia? are you paying off a score against me? and if you are starting dealings with me, with promptest speed I will send your dealings back on your own heads, 5*  that you have taken my silver and gold and brought into your temples the best of my things of beauty, 6  and the sons of Judah and of Jerusalem you have sold to the sons of the Greeks so as to get them far away from their territory: 7  here I am going to rouse them out of the place to which you sold them, and will send your dealings back on your own heads 8  and sell your sons and daughters into the hands of the sons of Judah, and they will sell them to the Shebaites into a far-off nation, because Jehovah has spoken. 9  Proclaim this among the nations: ordain war, rouse the champions, let all the soldiers come on and come up. 10  Pound your hoes into swords and your pruning-hooks into lances; let the weakling declare himself a champion. 11**  Come with a rush, all nations from all sides, and gather; there, Jehovah, have your champions come down. 12  Let the nations be roused and come up to Jehoshaphat Vale; for there I will sit to judge all the nations from all sides. 13*  Reach out a sickle, because harvest is ripe; go in, tread, because winepress is full, the presses are brimming because there is so much of their foam. 14  Hosts, hosts, in Decision Vale! for Jehovah’s day is near in Decision Vale. 15  Sun and moon go dark and stars withhold their radiance, 16  and Jehovah roars out of Sion and raises his voice from Jerusalem, and sky and earth shake, but Jehovah is a refuge for his people and a citadel for the sons of Israel. 17*  And you shall know that I your God Jehovah make my abode on my sacred mountain Sion; and Jerusalem shall be sacred, and outsiders shall not pass through it again. 18  And on that day the mountains will drip pomegranate-wine and the hills will run milk, and all the ravines of Judah will run water; and a spring will come out of Jehovah’s house and water Acacia Arroyo. 19  Egypt will become a desolation and Edom will become a desolate wilderness, for their outrage on the sons of Judah whose innocent blood they shed in their country; 20  but Judah will be settled forever and Jerusalem to generation after generation. 21*  And I will avenge their blood which I did not avenge; and Jehovah makes his abode in Sion.

Footnotes

3:1 Or I restore Judah
3:2 Or Jehoshaphat’s This name means Jehovah gives judgment
3:5 Or your palaces
3:11 (Come with a rush) Susp.
3:11 Var. gather there; let the meek be a champion.
3:13 (last part) Unc.; codd.* so much of their wickedness
3:17 Or that I am your God Jehovah who make
3:21 Var. treat as innocent their blood which I did not treat as innocent