Joel 3:1-11 NLT

1 a “At the time of those events,” says the , “when I restore the prosperity of Judah and Jerusalem,

References for Joel 3:1

    • 3:1 - Verses 3:1-21 are numbered 4:1-21 in Hebrew text.
      2 I will gather the armies of the world into the valley of Jehoshaphat.b There I will judge them for harming my people, my special possession, for scattering my people among the nations, and for dividing up my land.

      References for Joel 3:2

        • 3:2 - Jehoshaphat means “the judges.”
          3 They threw dicec to decide which of my people would be their slaves. They traded boys to obtain prostitutes and sold girls for enough wine to get drunk.

          References for Joel 3:3

            • 3:3 - Hebrew They cast lots.
              4 “What do you have against me, Tyre and Sidon and you cities of Philistia? Are you trying to take revenge on me? If you are, then watch out! I will strike swiftly and pay you back for everything you have done.
              5 You have taken my silver and gold and all my precious treasures, and have carried them off to your pagan temples.
              6 You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks,d so they could take them far from their homeland.

              References for Joel 3:6

                • 3:6 - Hebrew to the peoples of Javan.
                  7 “But I will bring them back from all the places to which you sold them, and I will pay you back for everything you have done.
                  8 I will sell your sons and daughters to the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the people of Arabia,e a nation far away. I, the , have spoken!”

                  References for Joel 3:8

                    • 3:8 - Hebrew to the Sabeans.
                      9 Say to the nations far and wide: “Get ready for war! Call out your best warriors. Let all your fighting men advance for the attack.
                      10 Hammer your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Train even your weaklings to be warriors.
                      11 Come quickly, all you nations everywhere. Gather together in the valley.” And now, O , call out your warriors!