Joel 3 NIV

The Nations Judged

1 "In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes1 of Judah2 and Jerusalem,

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2 I will gather3 all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.a4 There I will enter into judgment5 against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered6 my people among the nations and divided up my land.

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    • a 3:2 - "Jehoshaphat" means "the LORD judges"; also in verse 12.
      3 They cast lots7 for my people and traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine8 that they might drink.

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      4 "Now what have you against me, O Tyre and Sidon9 and all you regions of Philistia?10 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.11

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      5 For you took my silver and my gold and carried off my finest treasures to your temples.12

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      6 You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks,13 that you might send them far from their homeland.

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      7 "See, I am going to rouse them out of the places to which you sold them,14 and I will return15 on your own heads what you have done.

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      8 I will sell your sons16 and daughters to the people of Judah,17 and they will sell them to the Sabeans,18 a nation far away." The LORD has spoken.19

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      9 Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war!20 Rouse the warriors!21 Let all the fighting men draw near and attack.

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      10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks22 into spears.23 Let the weakling24 say, "I am strong!"25

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      11 Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble26 there. Bring down your warriors,27 O LORD!

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      12 "Let the nations be roused; let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat,28 for there I will sit to judge29 all the nations on every side.

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          13 Swing the sickle,30 for the harvest31 is ripe. Come, trample the grapes,32 for the winepress33 is full and the vats overflow-- so great is their wickedness!"

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          14 Multitudes,34 multitudes in the valley35 of decision! For the day of the LORD 36 is near in the valley of decision.37

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          15 The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine.38

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          16 The LORD will roar39 from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem;40 the earth and the sky will tremble.41 But the LORD will be a refuge42 for his people, a stronghold43 for the people of Israel.

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          Blessings for God's People

          17 "Then you will know44 that I, the LORD your God,45 dwell in Zion,46 my holy hill.47 Jerusalem will be holy;48 never again will foreigners invade her.49

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          18 "In that day the mountains will drip new wine,50 and the hills will flow with milk;51 all the ravines of Judah will run with water.52 A fountain will flow out of the LORD's house53 and will water the valley of acacias.b54

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            • b 3:18 - Or "Valley of Shittim"
              19 But Egypt55 will be desolate, Edom56 a desert waste, because of violence57 done to the people of Judah, in whose land they shed innocent blood.

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              20 Judah will be inhabited forever58 and Jerusalem through all generations.

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              21 Their bloodguilt,59 which I have not pardoned, I will pardon.60" THE LORD DWELLS IN ZION!61

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