Joel 3

1 [^1] "In those days and at that time, ¶ when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,

2 I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. [^2] There I will put them on trial ¶ for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, ¶ because they scattered my people among the nations ¶ and divided up my land.

3 They cast lots for my people and traded boys for prostitutes; ¶ they sold girls for wine to drink.

4 "Now what have you against me, Tyre and Sidon and all you regions of Philistia? Are you repaying me for something I have done? If you are paying me back, I will swiftly and speedily return on your own heads what you have done.

5 For you took my silver and my gold and carried off my finest treasures to your temples. [^3]

6 You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, that you might send them far from their homeland.

7 "See, I am going to rouse them out of the places to which you sold them, and I will return on your own heads what you have done.

8 I will sell your sons and daughters to the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, a nation far away." The LORD has spoken.

9 Proclaim this among the nations: ¶ Prepare for war! ¶ Rouse the warriors! ¶ Let all the fighting men draw near and attack.

10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. ¶ Let the weakling say, ¶ "I am strong!"

11 Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. ¶ Bring down your warriors, LORD!

12 "Let the nations be roused; ¶ let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, ¶ for there I will sit ¶ to judge all the nations on every side.

13 Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. ¶ Come, trample the grapes, ¶ for the winepress is full ¶ and the vats overflow — ¶ so great is their wickedness!"

14 Multitudes, multitudes ¶ in the valley of decision! ¶ For the day of the LORD is near ¶ in the valley of decision.

15 The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine.

16 The LORD will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; ¶ the earth and the heavens 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, ¶ dwell in Zion, my holy hill. ¶ Jerusalem will be holy; ¶ never again will foreigners invade her.

18 "In that day the mountains will drip new wine, ¶ and the hills will flow with milk; ¶ all the ravines of Judah will run with water. ¶ A fountain will flow out of the LORD's house ¶ and will water the valley of acacias. [^4]

19 But Egypt will be desolate, Edom a desert waste, ¶ because of violence done to the people of Judah, ¶ in whose land they shed innocent blood.

20 Judah will be inhabited forever and Jerusalem through all generations.

21 Shall I leave their innocent blood unavenged? No, I will not." ¶ The LORD dwells in Zion!

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