Joel 4
New American Bible Revised Edition

The Lord’s Case Against the Nations

1For see, in those days and at that time,a

when I restore the fortunes

of Judah and Jerusalem,

2I will gather all the nations

and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.*

There I will enter into judgment with them

on behalf of my people, my heritage, Israel;

Because they scattered them among the nations,

they divided up my land.b

3For my people they cast lots,

trading a young boy for the price of a prostitute,

exchanging a young girl for the wine they drank.c

4*Moreover, what are you doing to me, Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are, I will very quickly turn your deeds back upon your own head.d 5You took my silver and my gold and brought my priceless treasures into your temples! 6You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, taking them far from their own country! 7Look! I am rousing them from the place to which you sold them, and I will turn your deeds back upon your own head. 8I will sell your sons and daughters to the Judahites who will sell them to the Sabeans,* a distant nation. The Lord has spoken!

The Nations Destroyed

9Announce this to the nations:

Proclaim a holy war!

Alert the warriors!

Let all the soldiers

report and march!e

10*Beat your plowshares into swords,

and your pruning knives into spears;

let the weakling boast, “I am a warrior!”f

11Hurry and come, all you neighboring peoples,

assemble there!

Bring down, Lord, your warriors!

12Let the nations rouse themselves and come up

to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;

For there I will sit in judgment

upon all the neighboring nations.

13Wield the sickle,g

for the harvest is ripe;

Come and tread,

for the wine press is full;

The vats overflow,

for their crimes are numerous.*

14Crowds upon crowds

in the Valley of Decision;

For near is the day of the Lord

in the Valley of Decision.h

15Sun and moon are darkened,

and the stars withhold their brightness,i

16The Lord roars from Zion,

and from Jerusalem raises his voice,j

The heavens and the earth quake,

but the Lord will be a shelter for his people,

a fortress for the people of Israel.

A Secure Future for Judah

17Then you will know* that I the Lord am your God,k

dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain;

Jerusalem will be holy,

and strangers will never again travel through her.

18*On that day

the mountains will drip new wine,

and the hills flow with milk,

All the streams of Judah

will flow with water.

A spring will rise from the house of the Lord,

watering the Valley of Shittim.l

19Egypt will be a waste,

Edom a desolate wilderness,

Because of violence done to the Judahites,

because they shed innocent blood in their land.m

20But Judah will be inhabited forever,

and Jerusalem for all generations.

21I will avenge their blood,

and I will not acquit the guilt.

The Lord dwells in Zion.

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