||English: New American Standard Bible
Joel 3 [Commentary] [Map] |
|| "For behold, in those days and at that time,
When I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
||I will gather all the nations
And bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat.
Then I will enter into judgment with them there
On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel,
Whom they have scattered among the nations;
And they have divided up My land.
||"They have also cast lots for My people,
Traded a boy for a harlot
And sold a girl for wine that they may drink.
||"Moreover, what are you to Me, O Tyre, Sidon and all the regions of Philistia? Are you rendering Me a recompense? But if you do recompense Me, swiftly and speedily I will return your recompense on your head.
||"Since you have taken My silver and My gold, brought My precious treasures to your temples,
||and sold the sons of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their territory,
||behold, I am going to arouse them from the place where you have sold them, and return your recompense on your head.
||"Also I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the sons of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a distant nation," for the LORD has spoken.
||Proclaim this among the nations:
Prepare a war; rouse the mighty men!
Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up!
||Beat your plowshares into swords
And your pruning hooks into spears;
Let the weak say, "I am a mighty man."
||Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations,
And gather yourselves there.
Bring down, O LORD, Your mighty ones.
||Let the nations be aroused
And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat,
For there I will sit to judge
All the surrounding nations.
||Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.
Come, tread, for the wine press is full;
The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.
||Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!
For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
||The sun and moon grow dark
And the stars lose their brightness.
||The LORD roars from Zion
And utters His voice from Jerusalem,
And the heavens and the earth tremble.
But the LORD is a refuge for His people
And a stronghold to the sons of Israel.
||Then you will know that I am the LORD your God,
Dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain.
So Jerusalem will be holy,
And strangers will pass through it no more.
||And in that day
The mountains will drip with sweet wine,
And the hills will flow with milk,
And all the brooks of Judah will flow with water;
And a spring will go out from the house of the LORD
To water the valley of Shittim.
||Egypt will become a waste,
And Edom will become a desolate wilderness,
Because of the violence done to the sons of Judah,
In whose land they have shed innocent blood.
||But Judah will be inhabited forever
And Jerusalem for all generations.
||And I will avenge their blood which I have not avenged,
For the LORD dwells in Zion.
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