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1 The Lord says, "At that time I will restore the prosperity of Judah and Jerusalem. 1 "In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
2 I will gather all the nations and bring them to the Valley of Judgment. There I will judge them for all they have done to my people. They have scattered the Israelites in foreign countries and divided Israel, my land. 2 I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.
3 They threw dice to decide who would get the captives. They sold boys and girls into slavery to pay for prostitutes and wine. 3 They cast lots for my people and traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine that they might drink.
4 "What are you trying to do to me, Tyre, Sidon, and all of Philistia? Are you trying to pay me back for something? If you are, I will quickly pay you back! 4 "Now what have you against me, O Tyre and Sidon and all you regions of Philistia? 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.
5 You have taken my silver and gold and carried my rich treasures into your temples. 5 For you took my silver and my gold and carried off my finest treasures to your temples.
6 You have taken the people of Judah and Jerusalem far from their own country and sold them to the Greeks. 6 You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, that you might send them far from their homeland.
7 Now I am going to bring them out of the places to which you have sold them. I will do to you what you have done to them. 7 "See, I am going to rouse them out of the places to which you sold them, and I will return on your own heads what you have done.
8 I will let your sons and daughters be sold to the people of Judah; they will sell them to the far-off Sabeans. I, the Lord, have spoken. 8 I will sell your sons and daughters to the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, a nation far away." The LORD has spoken.
9 "Make this announcement among the nations: "Prepare for war; call your warriors; gather all your soldiers and march! 9 Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack.
10 Hammer the points of your plows into swords and your pruning knives into spears. Even the weak must fight. 10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, "I am strong!"
11 Hurry and come, all you surrounding nations, and gather in the valley.' " Send down, O Lord, your army to attack them! 11 Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. Bring down your warriors, O LORD!
12 "The nations must get ready and come to the Valley of Judgment. There I, the Lord, will sit to judge all the surrounding nations. 12 "Let the nations be roused; let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the nations on every side.
13 They are very wicked; cut them down like grain at harvest time; crush them as grapes are crushed in a full wine press until the wine runs over." 13 Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow-- so great is their wickedness!"
14 Thousands and thousands are in the Valley of Judgment. It is there that the day of the Lord will soon come. 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 the moon grow dark, and the stars no longer shine. 15 The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine.
16 The Lord roars from Mount Zion; his voice thunders from Jerusalem; earth and sky tremble. But he will defend his people. 16 The LORD will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble. But the LORD will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.
17 "Then, Israel, you will know that I am the Lord your God. I live on Zion, my sacred hill. Jerusalem will be a sacred city; foreigners will never conquer it again. 17 "Then you will know that I, the LORD your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her.
18 At that time the mountains will be covered with vineyards, and cattle will be found on every hill; there will be plenty of water for all of Judah. A stream will flow from the Temple of the Lord, and it will water Acacia Valley. 18 "In that day the mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines of Judah will run with water. A fountain will flow out of the LORD's house and will water the valley of acacias.
19 "Egypt will become a desert, and Edom a ruined waste, because they attacked the land of Judah and killed its innocent people. 19 But Egypt will be desolate, Edom a desert waste, because of violence done to the people of Judah, in whose land they shed innocent blood.
20 I will avenge those who were killed; I will not spare the guilty. But Judah and Jerusalem will be inhabited forever, and I, the Lord, will live on Mount Zion." 20 Judah will be inhabited forever and Jerusalem through all generations.
21 21 Their bloodguilt, which I have not pardoned, I will pardon." THE LORD DWELLS IN ZION!