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Joel 3 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Nations Judged

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:1 - “In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:2 - I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.[fn] There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:3 - They cast lots for my people and traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine to drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:4 - “Now what have you against me, Tyre and Sidon and all you regions of Philistia? 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:5 - For you took my silver and my gold and carried off my finest treasures to your temples.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:6 - You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, that you might send them far from their homeland.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:7 - “See, I am going to rouse them out of the places to which you sold them, and I will return on your own heads what you have done.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:8 - I will sell your sons and daughters to the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, a nation far away.” The LORD has spoken.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:9 - Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:10 - Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:11 - Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. Bring down your warriors, LORD!
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:12 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:13 - 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!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:14 - Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:15 - The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:16 - The LORD will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the heavens will tremble. But the LORD will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.

Blessings for God’s People

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:17 - “Then you will know that I, the LORD your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:18 - “In that day the mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines of Judah will run with water. A fountain will flow out of the LORD’s house and will water the valley of acacias.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:19 - But Egypt will be desolate, Edom a desert waste, because of violence done to the people of Judah, in whose land they shed innocent blood.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:20 - Judah will be inhabited forever and Jerusalem through all generations.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:21 - Shall I leave their innocent blood unavenged? No, I will not.” The LORD dwells in Zion!
NIV Footnotes
Jehoshaphat means the LORD judges; also in verse 12.
Or palaces
Or Valley of Shittim

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