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Joel 3:1-11 (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.
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