The Nations Will Be Judged

1 "For behold, 1in those days and at that time, When I 2restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
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2 I will 3gather all the nations And bring them down to the 4valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will 5enter into judgment with them there On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, Whom they have 6scattered among the nations; And they have 7divided up My land.
3 "They have also 8cast lots for My people, 9Traded a boy for a harlot And sold a girl for wine that they may drink.
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5 "Since you have 13taken My silver and My gold, brought My precious treasures to your temples,
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6 and sold the 14sons of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their territory,
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    • e 3:6 - Lit "sons of Javan"
      7 behold, I am going to 15arouse them from the place where * you have sold them, and return your recompense on your head.
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      8 "Also I will 16sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the sons of Judah, and they will sell them to the 17Sabeans, to a distant nation," for the LORD has spoken.
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      10 21Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; 22Let the weak say, "I am a mighty man."
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      11 23Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, And gather yourselves there. Bring down, O LORD, Your 24mighty ones.
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      12 Let the nations be aroused And come up to the 25valley of Jehoshaphat, For there I will sit to 26judge All the surrounding nations.
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      14 32Multitudes, multitudes in the 33valley of decision! For the 34day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
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        • h 3:14 - I.e. God's verdict
        • i 3:14 - I.e. God's verdict
          15 The 35sun and moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness.
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          16 The LORD 36roars from Zion And 37utters His voice from Jerusalem, And the 38heavens and the earth tremble. But the LORD is a 39refuge for His people And a 40stronghold to the sons of Israel.