Joel 3 TNIV

The Nations Judged

1 "In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes1 of Judah2 and Jerusalem,

References for Joel 3:1

2 I will gather3 all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.a4 There I will enter into judgment5 against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered6 my people among the nations and divided up my land.

References for Joel 3:2

    • a 3:2 - "Jehoshaphat" means "the LORD judges"; also in verse 12.
      3 They cast lots7 for my people and traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine8 that they might drink.

      References for Joel 3:3

      4 "Now what have you against me, Tyre and Sidon9 and all you regions of Philistia?10 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.11

      References for Joel 3:4

      5 For you took my silver and my gold and carried off my finest treasures to your temples.b12

      References for Joel 3:5

        • b 3:5 - Or "palaces"
          6 You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks,13 that you might send them far from their homeland.

          References for Joel 3:6

          7 "See, I am going to rouse them out of the places to which you sold them,14 and I will return15 on your own heads what you have done.

          References for Joel 3:7

          8 I will sell your sons16 and daughters to the people of Judah,17 and they will sell them to the Sabeans,18 a nation far away." The LORD has spoken.19

          References for Joel 3:8

          9 Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war!20 Rouse the warriors!21 Let all the fighting men draw near and attack.

          References for Joel 3:9

          10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks22 into spears.23 Let the weakling24 say, "I am strong!"25

          References for Joel 3:10

          11 Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble26 there. Bring down your warriors,27 LORD!

          References for Joel 3:11

          12 "Let the nations be roused; let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat,28 for there I will sit to judge29 all the nations on every side.

          References for Joel 3:12

              13 Swing the sickle,30 for the harvest31 is ripe. Come, trample the grapes,32 for the winepress33 is full and the vats overflow-- so great is their wickedness!"

              References for Joel 3:13

              14 Multitudes,34 multitudes in the valley35 of decision! For the day of the LORD 36 is near in the valley of decision.37

              References for Joel 3:14

              15 The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine.38

              References for Joel 3:15

              16 The LORD will roar39 from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem;40 the earth and the heavens will tremble.41 But the LORD will be a refuge42 for his people, a stronghold43 for the people of Israel.

              References for Joel 3:16

              Blessings for God's People

              17 "Then you will know44 that I, the LORD your God,45 dwell in Zion,46 my holy hill.47 Jerusalem will be holy;48 never again will foreigners invade her.49

              References for Joel 3:17

              18 "In that day the mountains will drip new wine,50 and the hills will flow with milk;51 all the ravines of Judah will run with water.52 A fountain will flow out of the LORD's house53 and will water the valley of acacias.c54

              References for Joel 3:18

                • c 3:18 - Or "Valley of Shittim"
                  19 But Egypt55 will be desolate, Edom56 a desert waste, because of violence57 done to the people of Judah, in whose land they shed innocent blood.

                  References for Joel 3:19

                  20 Judah will be inhabited forever58 and Jerusalem through all generations.

                  References for Joel 3:20

                  21 Shall I leave their innocent blood unpunished?59 No, I will not.60" THE LORD DWELLS IN ZION!61

                  References for Joel 3:21