Joel 3

1 »Behold! At that time I will bring back the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem.

2 »I will gather all nations! I will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will execute judgment upon them there for my people and for my heritage, Israel. They have scattered my people among the nations and they have divided up my land.

3 »They cast lots for my people, and traded a boy for a prostitute, and sold a girl for wine, that they may drink.

4 »What are you to me, O Tyre, and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Will you pay recompense compensation to me? If you pay recompense to me swiftly and speedily, will I return your recompense upon your own head?

5 »You have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my precious treasures into your temples.

6 »You sold the children of Judah and the children of Jerusalem to the sons of the Greeks. You remove them far from their border.

7 »Behold, I will arouse them out of the place where you sold them and will return your recompense upon your head.

8 »I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah. And they will sell them to the men of Sheba, to a nation far off: for Jehovah has spoken it.

9 »Proclaim this among the nations! Prepare for war! Stir up the mighty men. Let all the men of war draw near let them come up.

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

11 »Hurry and come all you nations round about. Gather yourselves there and cause your mighty ones to come down, O Jehovah.

12 »Let the nations be aroused and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat Jehovah’s Judgment! I will sit there to judge all the nations round about.

13 »Thrust in the sickle for the harvest is ripe! Come and tread for the winepress is full and the vats overflow. Their wickedness is great.

14 »Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! The day of Jehovah is near in the valley of decision.

15 »The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars diminish their shining.

16 »Jehovah will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem. The heavens and the earth will shake: but Jehovah will be a refuge to his people, and a stronghold to the children of Israel.

17 »You will know that I am Jehovah your God, dwelling in Zion my holy mountain. Then Jerusalem will be holy and no strangers will pass through invade her any more.

18 »It will happen in that day that the mountains will drop sweet wine, and the hills will flow with milk. All the brooks of Judah will flow with water. A fountain will come forth from the house of Jehovah and water the valley of Shittim.

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

20 »Judah will abide for a very long time, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

21 »I will cleanse forgive their blood guilt that which I have not cleansed. Jehovah dwells in Zion!«