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1 "In those days and at that time, when I will make things better for 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 together and bring them down into the Valley Where the Lord Judges. There I will judge them, because those nations scattered my own people Israel and forced them to live in other nations. They divided up 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 and threw lots for my people. They traded boys for prostitutes, and they sold girls to buy wine to drink. 3 They cast lots for my people and traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine that they might drink.
4 "Tyre and Sidon and all of you regions of Philistia! What did you have against me? Were you punishing me for something I did, or were you doing something to hurt me? I will very quickly do to you what you have done to me. 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 took my silver and gold, and you put my precious treasures in your temples. 5 For you took my silver and my gold and carried off my finest treasures to your temples.
6 You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks so that you could send them far from their land. 6 You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, that you might send them far from their homeland.
7 "You sent my people to that faraway place, but I will get them and bring them back, and 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 sell your sons and daughters to the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabean people far away." The Lord said this. 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 Announce this among the nations: Prepare for war! Wake up the soldiers! Let all the men of war come near and attack. 9 Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack.
10 Make swords from your plows, and make spears from your hooks for trimming trees. Let even the weak person say, "I am a soldier." 10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, "I am strong!"
11 All of you nations, hurry, and come together in that place. Lord, send your soldiers to gather the nations. 11 Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. Bring down your warriors, O LORD!
12 "Wake up, nations, and come to attack in the Valley Where the Lord Judges. There I will sit to judge all the nations on every side. 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 Swing the cutting tool, because the harvest is ripe. Come, walk on them as you would walk on grapes to get their juice, because the winepress is full and the barrels are spilling over, because these people are so evil!" 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 There are huge numbers of people in the Valley of Decision, because the Lord's day of judging is near in the Valley of Decision. 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 will become dark, and the stars will stop shining. 15 The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine.
16 The Lord will roar like a lion from Jerusalem; his loud voice will thunder from that city, and the sky and the earth will shake. But the Lord will be a safe place for his people, a strong place of safety for the people of Israel. 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 you will know that I, the Lord your God, live on my holy Mount Zion. Jerusalem will be a holy place, and strangers will never even go through 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 "On that day wine will drip from the mountains, milk will flow from the hills, and water will run through all the ravines of Judah. and give water to the valley of acacia trees. 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 But Egypt will become empty, and Edom an empty desert, because they were cruel to the people of Judah. They killed innocent people in that land. 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 But there will always be people living in Judah, and people will live in Jerusalem from now on. 20 Judah will be inhabited forever and Jerusalem through all generations.
21 Egypt and Edom killed my people, so I will definitely punish them." 21 Their bloodguilt, which I have not pardoned, I will pardon." THE LORD DWELLS IN ZION!