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Joel 3 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Judgment of the Nations

1 a Yes, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,b 2 I will gather all the nations and take them to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.c I will enter into judgment with them there because of My people, My inheritance Israel. The nations have scattered the Israelites in foreign countries and divided up My land. 3 They cast lots for My people;d they bartered a boy for a prostitute and sold a girl for wine to drink. 4 And also: Tyre, Sidon, and all the territories of Philistia-what are you to Me? Are you paying Me back or trying to get even with Me? I will quickly bring retribution on your heads.e 5 For you took My silver and gold and carried My finest treasuresf to your temples. 6 You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeksg to remove them far from their own territory. 7 Look, I am about to rouse them up from the place where you sold them; I will bring retribution on your heads. 8 I will sell your sons and daughters into the hands of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans,h to a distant nation, for the Lord has spoken. 9 Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for holy war; rouse the warriors; let all the men of war advance and attack! 10 Hammer your plowshares into swords and your pruning knives into spears.i Let even the weakling say: I am a warrior. 11 Come quickly,j all you surrounding nations; gather yourselves. Bring down Your warriors there, Lord. 12 Let the nations be roused and come to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit down to judge all the surrounding nations. 13 Swing the sickle because the harvest is ripe. Come and trample [the grapes] because the winepress is full; the wine vats overflow because the wickedness of the nations is great.k 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 grow dark, and the stars will cease their shining. 16 The Lord will roar from Zion and raise His voice from Jerusalem;l heaven and earth will shake. But the Lord will be a refuge for His people,m a stronghold for the Israelites.

Israel Blessed

17 Then you will know that I am the Lord your God,n who dwells in Zion, My holy mountain. Jerusalem will be holy, and foreigners will never overrun it again.o 18 In that day the mountains will drip with sweet wine,p and the hills will flow with milk. All the streams of Judah will flow with water, and a spring will issue from the Lord's house, watering the Valley of Acacias.q 19 Egypt will become desolate, and Edom a desert wasteland, because of the violence [done] to the people of Judah in whose land they shed innocent blood. 20 But Judah will be inhabited forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. 21 I will pardon their bloodguilt,r [which] I have not pardoned, for the Lord dwells in Zion.
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