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Joel 3 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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Judgment of the Nations

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[fn]Yes, in those days and at that time,

when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,

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I will gather all the nations

and take them to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.[fn]

I will enter into judgment with them there

because of My people, My inheritance Israel.

The nations have scattered the Israelites

in foreign countries

and divided up My land.

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They cast lots for My people;

they bartered a boy for a prostitute

and sold a girl for wine to drink.

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And also: Tyre, Sidon, and all the territories of Philistia — what are you to Me? Are you paying Me back or trying to get even with Me? I will quickly bring retribution on your heads.

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For you took My silver and gold and carried My finest treasures to your temples.

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You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks to remove them far from their own territory.

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Look, I am about to rouse them up from the place where you sold them; I will bring retribution on your heads.

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I will sell your sons and daughters into the hands of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans,[fn] to a distant nation, for the LORD has spoken.

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Proclaim this among the nations:

Prepare for holy war;

rouse the warriors;

let all the men of war advance and attack!

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Beat your plows into swords

and your pruning knives into spears.

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

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Come quickly,[fn] all you surrounding nations;

gather yourselves.

Bring down Your warriors there, LORD.

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Let the nations be roused

and come to the Valley of Jehoshaphat,

for there I will sit down

to judge all the surrounding nations.

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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.

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Multitudes, multitudes

in the valley of decision!

For the Day of the LORD is near

in the valley of decision.

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The sun and moon will grow dark,

and the stars will cease their shining.

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The LORD will roar from Zion

and raise His voice from Jerusalem;

heaven and earth will shake.

But the LORD will be a refuge for His people,

a stronghold for the Israelites.

  
Israel Blessed

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Then you will know

that I am Yahweh your God,

who dwells in Zion, My holy mountain.

Jerusalem will be holy,

and foreigners will never overrun it again.

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In that day

the mountains will drip with sweet wine,

and the hills will flow with milk.

All the streams of Judah will flow with water,

and a spring will issue from the LORD’s house,

watering the Valley of Acacias.[fn]

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Egypt will become desolate,

and Edom a desert wasteland,

because of the violence done to the people of Judah

in whose land they shed innocent blood.

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But Judah will be inhabited forever,

and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

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I will pardon their bloodguilt,[fn]

which I have not pardoned,

for the LORD dwells in Zion.

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HCSB Footnotes
Jl 4:1 in Hb
= The LORD Will Judge
Probably the south Arabian kingdom of Sheba (modern Yemen)
LXX, Syr, Tg read Gather yourselves and come ; Hb obscure
Or Shittim
LXX, Syr read I will avenge their blood

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Holy Bible, Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used with permission by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. All rights reserved.

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