Joel 3

Joel 3

1God's judgments against the enemies of his people: 18his blessing upon the church.

1 For, behold, 1in those days, and in that time, when 2I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,

2 I will also 1gather all nations, and will bring them down into the 2valley of Jehoshaphat, and will 3plead with them there 4for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

3 And they have 1cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.

4 Yea, and 1what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, 2swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;

5 Because ye 1have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly apleasant things:

6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye 1sold unto athe Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.

7 Behold, 1I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and 2will return your recompence upon your own head:

8 And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the 1Sabeans, to a people far off: for the Lord hath spoken it.

91Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; aPrepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:

10 1Beat your plowshares into swords, and your apruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

11 1Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither acause thy 2mighty ones to come down, O Lord.

12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the 1valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to 2judge all the heathen round about.

13 1Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

14 1Multitudes, multitudes 2in the valley of adecision: for the 3day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.

15 The 1sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

16 The Lord also shall 1roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and 2the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the ahope of his people, and the 3strength of the children of Israel.

17 So 1shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, 2my holy mountain: 3then shall Jerusalem be aholy, and there shall 4no strangers pass through her any more.

18 ¶ And it shall come to pass 1in that day, that the 2mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and 3all the rivers of Judah shall aflow with waters, and 4a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord, and shall water the 5valley of Shittim.

19 1Egypt shall be a desolation, and 2Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for 3the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.

20 But 1Judah shall adwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

21 For 1I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: afor the Lord dwelleth in Zion.

Joel 3