Joel 3:11

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

Joel 3:11 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.
English Standard Version (ESV)
11 Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves there. Bring down your warriors, O LORD.
New Living Translation (NLT)
11 Come quickly, all you nations everywhere. Gather together in the valley.” And now, O LORD, call out your warriors!
The Message Bible (MSG)
11 Hurry up, pagans! Wherever you are, get a move on! Get your act together. Prepare to be shattered by God!
American Standard Version (ASV)
11 Haste ye, and come, all ye nations round about, and gather yourselves together: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Jehovah.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
11 Hurry from every direction, and gather there, all you nations. O LORD, bring your soldiers.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
11 Come quickly, all you surrounding nations; gather yourselves. Bring down Your warriors there, Lord.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
11 Come quickly, all of you surrounding nations. Gather together in the Valley of Jehoshaphat. Lord, send your soldiers down from heaven!

Joel 3:11 Meaning and Commentary

Joel 3:11

Assemble yourselves
From divers parts into one place: "be ye gathered"; or "gather yourselves together", as the Targum and Kimchi; get together in a body, muster up all the forces you can collect together, Jarchi, from Menachem, by the change of a letter, renders it, "make ye haste"; lose time in preparing for this battle; get men, and arms for them, as fast as you can; be as expeditious as possible: and come, all ye Heathen;
antichristian nations, Mahometan or Papal; which latter, especially, are sometimes called Heathen and Gentiles, because of the Heathenish rites introduced into their worship, ( Psalms 10:16 ) ( Revelation 11:2 ) ; and gather yourselves round about:
from all parts, to the valley of Jehoshaphat or Armageddon, ( Revelation 16:14 Revelation 16:16 ) ; this is spoken ironically to them, to use their utmost endeavours to get most powerful armies against the people of God, which would be of no avail, but issue in their own destruction; or it may signify what should be done by the providence of God, bringing such large numbers of them together to their own ruin: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord;
which is a prayer of the prophet, or of the church, to God, that he would send down his mighty ones, the angels that excel in strength, and destroy this great army thus gathered together, as an angel in one night destroyed the army of Sennacherib. So Kimchi and Aben Ezra interpret if of angels, and many other interpreters; but perhaps it may be better to understand it of Christian princes and their forces, those armies clothed in white, and riding on white horses, in token of victory; with Christ at the head of them, ( Revelation 19:14 ) ; who may be said to be caused to "come down"; because, being assembled shall go down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, where their enemies are gathered together, and discomfit them, The Targum is,

``there the Lord shall, break the strength of their strong ones.''

Joel 3:11 In-Context

9 Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack.
10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong!”
11 Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. Bring down your warriors, LORD!
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, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow— so great is their wickedness!”

Cross References 2

  • 1. Ezekiel 38:15-16; Zephaniah 3:8
  • 2. S Isaiah 13:3
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