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Joel 3:9–14

Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles;

Prepare war, wake up the mighty men,

Let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:

10  tBeat your plowshares into swords,

And tyour ||pruninghooks into spears:

uLet the weak say, I am strong.

11  vcAssemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen,

And cvgather yourselves together round about:

Thither ||cause wthy mighty ones to come down, O Lord.

12  Let the heathen be wakened, and come up dto the valley of Jehoshaphat:

For there will I sit xto judge all the heathen round about.

13  yPut ye in zthe sickle, yfor athe harvest is ripe:

Come, get you down; for bthe press is full, cthe fats overflow;

For their wickedness is great.

14  dMultitudes, multitudes ein the valley of ||gdecision:

For hthe day of the Lord is near ein the valley of decision.

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Joel 3:9–14 — The New International Version (NIV)

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!”

14 Multitudes, multitudes

in the valley of decision!

For the day of the Lord is near

in the valley of decision.

Joel 3:9–14 — English Standard Version (ESV)

Proclaim this among the nations:

Consecrate for war;

stir up the mighty men.

Let all the men of war draw near;

let them come up.

10 Beat your plowshares into swords,

and your pruning hooks into spears;

let the weak say, “I am a warrior.”

11 Hasten and come,

all you surrounding nations,

and gather yourselves there.

Bring down your warriors, O Lord.

12 Let the nations stir themselves up

and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;

for there I will sit to judge

all the surrounding nations.

13 Put in the sickle,

for the harvest is ripe.

Go in, tread,

for the winepress is full.

The vats overflow,

for their evil is great.

14 Multitudes, multitudes,

in the valley of decision!

For the day of the Lord is near

in the valley of decision.

Joel 3:9–14 — New Living Translation (NLT)

Say to the nations far and wide:

“Get ready for war!

Call out your best warriors.

Let all your fighting men advance for the attack.

10 Hammer your plowshares into swords

and your pruning hooks into spears.

Train even your weaklings to be warriors.

11 Come quickly, all you nations everywhere.

Gather together in the valley.”

And now, O Lord, call out your warriors!

12 “Let the nations be called to arms.

Let them march to the valley of Jehoshaphat.

There I, the Lord, will sit

to pronounce judgment on them all.

13 Swing the sickle,

for the harvest is ripe.

Come, tread the grapes,

for the winepress is full.

The storage vats are overflowing

with the wickedness of these people.”

14 Thousands upon thousands are waiting in the valley of decision.

There the day of the Lord will soon arrive.

Joel 3:9–14 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

Proclaim this among the nations:

“Prepare for war!

Wake up the mighty men,

Let all the men of war draw near,

Let them come up.

10 Beat your plowshares into swords

And your pruning hooks into spears;

Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’ ”

11 Assemble and come, all you nations,

And gather together all around.

Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O Lord.

12 “Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;

For there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.

13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.

Come, go down;

For the winepress is full,

The vats overflow—

For their wickedness is great.”

14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!

For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.

Joel 3:9–14 — New Century Version (NCV)

Announce this among the nations:

Prepare for war!

Wake up the soldiers!

Let all the men of war come near and attack.

10 Make swords from your plows,

and make spears from your hooks for trimming trees.

Let even the weak person say,

“I am a soldier.”

11 All of you nations, hurry,

and come together in that place.

Lord, send your soldiers

to gather the nations.

12 “Wake up, nations,

and come to attack in the Valley Where the Lord Judges.

There I will sit to judge

all the nations on every side.

13 Swing the cutting tool,

because the harvest is ripe.

Come, walk on them as you would walk on grapes to get their juice,

because the winepress is full

and the barrels are spilling over,

because these people are so evil!”

14 There are huge numbers of people

in the Valley of Decision,

because the Lord’s day of judging is near

in the Valley of Decision.

Joel 3:9–14 — American Standard Version (ASV)

Proclaim ye this among the nations; prepare war; stir up the mighty men; let all the men of war draw near, let them come up. 10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. 11 Haste ye, and come, all ye nations round about, and gather yourselves together: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Jehovah.

12 Let the nations bestir themselves, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat; for there will I sit to judge all the nations round about. 13 Put ye in the sickle; for the harvest is ripe: come, tread ye; for the winepress is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! for the day of Jehovah is near in the valley of decision.

Joel 3:9–14 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

Proclaim this among the nations: prepare war, arouse the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near, let them come up. 10 Beat your ploughshares into swords, and your pruning-knives into spears; let the weak say, I am strong. 11 Haste ye and come, all ye nations round about, and gather yourselves together. Thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Jehovah. 12 Let the nations rouse themselves, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat; for there will I sit to judge all the nations round about. 13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down, for the press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness is great. 14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of Jehovah is at hand in the valley of decision.

Joel 3:9–14 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Announce this among the nations: 

Prepare yourselves for war. 

Wake up the warriors. 

Have all the warriors come near and attack. 

10 Hammer your plowblades into swords 

and your pruning shears into spears. 

Weaklings should say that they are warriors. 

11 Hurry from every direction, and gather there, all you nations. 

O Lord, bring your soldiers. 

12 Wake up, you nations. 

Come to the valley of Jehoshaphat. 

There I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations. 

13 Cut them down like grain. 

The harvest is ripe. 

Stomp on them as you would stomp on grapes. 

The winepress is full. 

The vats overflow. 

The nations are very wicked. 

14 There are many, many people in the valley of decision. 

The day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. 

Joel 3:9–14 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Proclaim this among the nations:

Prepare for holy war;

rouse the warriors;

let all the men of war advance and attack!

10 Beat your plows into swords

and your pruning knives into spears.

Let even the weakling say, “I am a warrior.”

11 Come quickly, all you surrounding nations;

gather yourselves.

Bring down Your warriors there, Lord.

12 Let the nations be roused

and come to the Valley of Jehoshaphat,

for there I will sit down

to judge all the surrounding nations.

13 Swing the sickle

because the harvest is ripe.

Come and trample the grapes

because the winepress is full;

the wine vats overflow

because the wickedness of the nations is great.

14 Multitudes, multitudes

in the valley of decision!

For the Day of the Lord is near

in the valley of decision.

Joel 3:9–14 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Proclaim this among the nations:

Prepare war,

stir up the warriors.

Let all the soldiers draw near,

let them come up.

10 Beat your plowshares into swords,

and your pruning hooks into spears;

let the weakling say, “I am a warrior.”

11 Come quickly,

all you nations all around,

gather yourselves there.

Bring down your warriors, O Lord.

12 Let the nations rouse themselves,

and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat;

for there I will sit to judge

all the neighboring nations.

13 Put in the sickle,

for the harvest is ripe.

Go in, tread,

for the wine press is full.

The vats overflow,

for their wickedness is great.

14 Multitudes, multitudes,

in the valley of decision!

For the day of the Lord is near

in the valley of decision.

Joel 3:9–14 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Proclaim this among the nations:

Prepare for war!

Stir up the mighty warriors;

let them approach and come up;

let all the men of war approach.

10 Beat your cutting tools of iron into swords

and your pruning hooks into spears;

let the weakling say, ‘I am a mighty warrior!’

11 Hurry and come,

all the nations, from all around,

and gather yourselves there.

Bring down your mighty warriors, O Yahweh!

12 Let the nations be roused and let them come up

to the valley of Jehoshaphat,

for there I will sit to judge

all the nations from all around.

13 Send forth the sickle,

for the harvest is ripe!

Go tread,

for the winepress is full!

The vats overflow,

because their evil is great!

14 Commotion, commotion

in the valley of decision!

For the day of Yahweh is near

in the valley of decision!

Joel 3:9–14 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

Announce this among the nations.

Tell them to prepare for battle.

Nations, get your soldiers ready!

Bring all of your fighting men together

and march out to attack.

10 Hammer your plows into swords.

Hammer your pruning tools into spears.

Let those who are weak say,

“We are soldiers!”

11 Come quickly, all of you surrounding nations.

Gather together in the Valley of Jehoshaphat.

Lord, send your soldiers

down from heaven!

12 The Lord says,

“Stir up the nations into action!

Let them march into the valley

where I will judge them.

I will take my seat in court.

I will judge all of the surrounding nations.

13 My soldiers, swing your sickles.

The nations are ripe for harvest.

Come. Stomp on them as if they were grapes.

Crush them until the winepress of my anger is full.

Do it until the wine spills over

from the places where it is stored.

The nations have committed far too many sins!”

14 Huge numbers of soldiers are gathered in the valley

where the Lord will hand down his sentence.

The day of the Lord is near in that valley.

Joel 3:9–14 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Proclaim this among the nations:

Prepare a war; rouse the mighty men!

Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up!

10 Beat your plowshares into swords

And your pruning hooks into spears;

Let the weak say, “I am a mighty man.”

11 Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations,

And gather yourselves there.

Bring down, O Lord, Your mighty ones.

12 Let the nations be aroused

And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat,

For there I will sit to judge

All the surrounding nations.

13 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.

14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!

For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.