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Joel 3:1-16 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "In those days, yes, at that very time when I put life back together again for Judah and Jerusalem, 1 "In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
2 I'll assemble all the godless nations. I'll lead them down into Judgment Valley And put them all on trial, and judge them one and all because of their treatment of my own people Israel. They scattered my people all over the pagan world and grabbed my land for themselves. 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 for my people and used them for barter. They would trade a boy for a whore, sell a girl for a bottle of wine when they wanted a drink. 3 They cast lots for my people and traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine that they might drink.
4 "As for you, Tyre and Sidon and Philistia, why should I bother with you? Are you trying to get back at me for something I did to you? If you are, forget it. I'll see to it that it boomerangs on you. 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 robbed me, cleaned me out of silver and gold, carted off everything valuable to furnish your own 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 into slavery to the Greeks in faraway places. 6 You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, that you might send them far from their homeland.
7 But I'm going to reverse your crime. I'm going to free those slaves. I'll have done to you what you did 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'll sell your children as slaves to your neighbors, And they'll sell them to the far-off Sabeans." 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 to the godless nations: Prepare for battle! Soldiers at attention! Present arms! Advance! 9 Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack.
10 Turn your shovels into swords, turn your hoes into spears. Let the weak one throw out his chest and say, "I'm tough, I'm a fighter." 10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, "I am strong!"
11 Hurry up, pagans! Wherever you are, get a move on! Get your act together. Prepare to be shattered by God! 11 Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. Bring down your warriors, O LORD!
12 Let the pagan nations set out for Judgment Valley. There I'll take my place at the bench and 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 "Swing the sickle - the harvest is ready. Stomp on the grapes - the winepress is full. The wine vats are full, overflowing with vintage 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 "Mass confusion, mob uproar - in Decision Valley! God's Judgment Day has arrived in Decision Valley. 14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
15 "The sky turns black, sun and moon go dark, stars burn out. 15 The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine.
16 God roars from Zion, shouts from Jerusalem. Earth and sky quake in terror. But God is a safe hiding place, a granite safe house for the children 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.