Joel 3:1–16

Yahweh’s Judgment on the Nations

3 a For look! In those days, and in that time, when I will returnb the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations, and I will bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat, and I will argue a case against themc there concerning my people and my inheritance Israel whom they have scattered among the nations, and my land that they have divided. For my people they cast lots,d and they tradede the male child for the prostitute, and the female child they sold for wine and they drank it.

What are you to me, O Tyre and O Sidon, and all of the regions of Philistia? Are you repaying to me what is deserved? If you are recompensing me, I will return swiftly and quickly what you deserve on your head! For you have taken my silver and my gold, and my beautiful treasures you have carried into your temples. And the sons of Judah and Jerusalem you sold to the sons of the Greeks, in order to remove them from their border. Look! I am rousing them from the place where you have sold them, and I will return what you deserve on your head! I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans and to a nation far away, for Yahweh has spoken.

Yahweh’s Judgment in the Valley of Jehoshaphat

Proclaim this among the nations:

Prepare for war!f

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!

15 The sun and the moon grow dark,

and the stars have withheldg their splendor.

16 And Yahweh roars from Zion;

from Jerusalem he utters his voice,

and the heavens and the earth shake.

But Yahweh is a refuge for his people,

and a protection for the children of Israel.

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