Joel 3
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1 "Look, now! In those very days and at that time, when I restore prosperity to Judah and Jerusalem,1"For behold, in those days and at that time, When I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
2I will gather all nations, bringing them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. I will set out my case against them there, on behalf of my people, my heritage Israel, whom they scattered among the nations, apportioning my land among themselves. 2I 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.
3They cast lots for my people— they sold a young boy in exchange for a prostitute, and a girl for wine, so they could drink."3"They have also cast lots for My people, Traded a boy for a harlot And sold a girl for wine that they may drink.
4"Furthermore, what have you to do with me, Tyre, Sidon, and all the sea coasts of Philistia? Are you taking revenge on me? If you are taking revenge on me, I'll send it back on you swiftly and promptly,4"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.
5since you took my silver and gold, carried my precious treasures into your temples,5"Since you have taken My silver and My gold, brought My precious treasures to your temples,
6and sold Judah's and Jerusalem's descendants to the Greeks, so you can remove them far from their homeland!6and sold the sons of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their territory,
7"Look, I will bring them up from where you sold them, I will turn your revenge back upon you, 7behold, I am going to arouse them from the place where you have sold them, and return your recompense on your head.
8and I will sell your sons and daughters into the control of the people of Judah. And they will sell them to the people of Sheba, a country far away." Indeed, the LORD has spoken."8"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.
9"Declare this among the nations: 'Prepare for war! Wake up your elite forces! Let all the soldiers draw near! Call them up!9Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare a war; rouse the mighty men! Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up!
10Beat your plow blades into swords, and your pruning knives into spears! Let the frail say, "I am strong!"10Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, "I am a mighty man."
11Hurry and come, all you gentiles! Gather yourselves together!'" "LORD, cause your mighty army to come down.11Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, And gather yourselves there. Bring down, O LORD, Your mighty ones.
12"Let the nations be awakened and come to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; because I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.12Let the nations be aroused And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, For there I will sit to judge All the surrounding nations.
13Put in the sickle, because the harvest is ripe. Come and go down, because the winepress is full. The wine vats are overflowing, because their evil is great!13Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, for the wine press is full; The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.
14"Multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of Judgment! For the Day of the LORD is near in the Valley of Judgment!14Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
15The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will stop shining.15The sun and moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness.
16"The LORD will roar from Zion, and shout from Jerusalem. The heavens and the earth will shake, but the LORD will be the refuge of his people, and the strength of the people of Israel."16The 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.
17"And truly you will know that I am the LORD your God, dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain. Then Jerusalem will be holy, and no foreigners will invade her again.17Then 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.
18It will come about at that time that the mountains will drip with newly pressed wine, the hills will flow with milk, and the streams of Judah will flow abundantly. A fountain will spring from the Temple of the LORD, to water the Valley of the Acacias.18And 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.
19Egypt will be desolate, and Edom will be a desert, because of violence against the people of Judah since they shed innocent blood in their land.19Egypt 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.
20But Judah will live forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.20But Judah will be inhabited forever And Jerusalem for all generations.
21I will acquit their bloodguilt that has not yet been acquitted. For the LORD lives in Zion!"21And I will avenge their blood which I have not avenged, For the LORD dwells in Zion.
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