Joel 2:18–3:21

The Lord’s Answer

18 Then the Lord was jealousf for his land

and took pityg on his people.

19 The Lord replieda to them:

“I am sending you grain, new wineh and olive oil,i

enough to satisfy you fully;j

never again will I make you

an object of scornk to the nations.

20 “I will drive the northern hordel far from you,

pushing it into a parched and barren land;

its eastern ranks will drown in the Dead Sea

and its western ranks in the Mediterranean Sea.

And its stenchm will go up;

its smell will rise.”

Surely he has done great things!

21 Do not be afraid,n land of Judah;

be glad and rejoice.o

Surely the Lord has done great things!p

22 Do not be afraid, you wild animals,

for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green.q

The trees are bearing their fruit;

the fig treer and the vines yield their riches.t

23 Be glad, people of Zion,

rejoiceu in the Lord your God,

for he has given you the autumn rains

because he is faithful.v

He sends you abundant showers,w

both autumnx and spring rains,y as before.

24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain;

the vats will overflowz with new winea and oil.

25 “I will repay you for the years the locustsb have eatenc

the great locust and the young locust,

the other locusts and the locust swarmb

my great armyd that I sent among you.

26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,e

and you will praisef the name of the Lord your God,

who has worked wondersg for you;

never again will my people be shamed.h

27 Then you will knowi that I am in Israel,

that I am the Lordj your God,

and that there is no other;

never again will my people be shamed.k

The Day of the Lord

28 “And afterward,

I will pour out my Spiritl on all people.m

Your sons and daughters will prophesy,n

your old men will dream dreams,o

your young men will see visions.

29 Even on my servants,p both men and women,

I will pour out my Spirit in those days.q

30 I will show wonders in the heavensr

and on the earth,s

blood and fire and billows of smoke.

31 The sun will be turned to darknesst

and the moon to blood

before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.u

32 And everyone who calls

on the name of the Lordv will be saved;w

for on Mount Zionx and in Jerusalem

there will be deliverance,y

as the Lord has said,

even among the survivorsz

whom the Lord calls.c a

The Nations Judged

3 a “In those days and at that time,

when I restore the fortunesb of Judahc and Jerusalem,

I will gatherd all nations

and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.b e

There I will put them on trialf

for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel,

because they scatteredg my people among the nations

and divided up my land.

They cast lotsh for my people

and traded boys for prostitutes;

they sold girls for winei to drink.

“Now what have you against me, Tyre and Sidonj and all you regions of Philistia?k 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.l For you took my silver and my gold and carried off my finest treasures to your temples.c m You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks,n that you might send them far from their homeland.

“See, I am going to rouse them out of the places to which you sold them,o and I will returnp on your own heads what you have done. I will sell your sonsq and daughters to the people of Judah,r and they will sell them to the Sabeans,s a nation far away.” The Lord has spoken.t

Proclaim this among the nations:

Prepare for war!u

Rouse the warriors!v

Let all the fighting men draw near and attack.

10 Beat your plowshares into swords

and your pruning hooksw into spears.x

Let the weaklingy say,

“I am strong!”z

11 Come quickly, all you nations from every side,

and assemblea there.

Bring down your warriors,b Lord!

12 “Let the nations be roused;

let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat,c

for there I will sit

to judged all the nations on every side.

13 Swing the sickle,e

for the harvestf is ripe.

Come, trample the grapes,g

for the winepressh is full

and the vats overflow—

so great is their wickedness!”

14 Multitudes,i multitudes

in the valleyj of decision!

For the day of the Lordk is near

in the valley of decision.l

15 The sun and moon will be darkened,

and the stars no longer shine.m

16 The Lord will roarn from Zion

and thunder from Jerusalem;o

the earth and the heavens will tremble.p

But the Lord will be a refugeq for his people,

a strongholdr for the people of Israel.

Blessings for God’s People

17 “Then you will knows that I, the Lord your God,t

dwell in Zion,u my holy hill.v

Jerusalem will be holy;w

never again will foreigners invade her.x

18 “In that day the mountains will drip new wine,y

and the hills will flow with milk;z

all the ravines of Judah will run with water.a

A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s houseb

and will water the valley of acacias.d c

19 But Egyptd will be desolate,

Edome a desert waste,

because of violencef done to the people of Judah,

in whose land they shed innocent blood.

20 Judah will be inhabited foreverg

and Jerusalem through all generations.

21 Shall I leave their innocent blood unavenged?h

No, I will not.i

The Lord dwells in Zion!j

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