Judgment of the Nations

1 a Yes, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,b
References for Joel 3:1
    • a 3:1 - Jl 4:1 in Hb
    • b 3:1 - Jr 32:44; 33:7,11; Ezk 39:25
      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.
      References for Joel 3:2
        • c 3:2 - The Lord Will Judge
          3 They cast lots for My people;d they bartered a boy for a prostitute and sold a girl for wine to drink.
          References for Joel 3:3
            • d 3:3 - Ob 11; Nah 3:10
              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
              References for Joel 3:4
                • e 3:4 - Jl 3:7; Ps 28:4
                  5 For you took My silver and gold and carried My finest treasuresf to your temples.
                  References for Joel 3:5
                    • f 3:5 - 1 Kg 20:6; 2 Ch 36:19; Lm 1:10-11
                      6 You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeksg to remove them far from their own territory.
                      References for Joel 3:6
                        • g 3:6 - Isa 66:19; Ezk 27:13
                          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.
                          References for Joel 3:8
                            • h 3:8 - Probably the south Arabian kingdom of Sheba (modern Yemen)
                              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.
                              References for Joel 3:10
                                • i 3:10 - Isa 2:4; Mc 4:3
                                  11 Come quickly,j all you surrounding nations; gather yourselves. Bring down Your warriors there, Lord.
                                  References for Joel 3:11
                                    • j 3:11 - LXX, Syr, Tg read Gather yourselves and come; Hb obscure
                                      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
                                      References for Joel 3:13
                                        • k 3:13 - Rv 19:14-16
                                          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.
                                          References for Joel 3:16
                                            • l 3:16 - Am 1:2
                                            • m 3:16 - Ps 46:1; 62:8; Pr 14:26

                                              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
                                              References for Joel 3:17
                                                • n 3:17 - Ex 6:7; 29:46; Ezk 20:20
                                                • o 3:17 - Isa 52:1
                                                  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
                                                  References for Joel 3:18
                                                      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.
                                                      References for Joel 3:21
                                                        • r 3:21 - LXX, Syr read I will avenge their blood