NASB — Joel 3 — KJV

The Nations Will Be Judged

  1IFor behold, ain those days and at that time,
  When I brestore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
  2 I will agather all the nations
  And bring them down to the bvalley of IJehoshaphat.
  Then I will center into judgment with them there
  On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel,
  Whom they have dscattered among the nations;
  And they have edivided up My land.
  3 “They have also acast lots for My people,
  IbTraded a boy for a harlot
  And sold a girl for wine that they may drink.
4 Moreover, what are you to Me, O aTyre, Sidon and all the regions of bPhilistia? Are you rendering Me a recompense? But if you do recompense Me, swiftly and speedily I will creturn your recompense on your head. 5 Since you have ataken My silver and My gold, brought My precious Itreasures to your temples, 6 and sold the asons of Judah and Jerusalem to the IGreeks in order to remove them far from their territory, 7 behold, I am going to aarouse them from the place where you have sold them, and return your recompense on your head. 8 Also I will asell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the sons of Judah, and they will sell them to the bSabeans, to a distant nation,” for the LORD has spoken.

[1] ICh 4:1 in Heb aJr 30:3; Ezk 38:14 bJr 16:15
[2] II.e. YHWH judges aIs 66:18; Mi 4:12; Zc 14:2 bJol 3:12, 14 cIs 66:16; Jr 25:31; Ezk 38:22 dJr 50:17; Ezk 34:6 eEzk 35:10; 36:1-5
[3] ILit Given aOb 11; Na 3:10 bAm 2:6
[4] aIs 23:1-18; Am 1:9, 10; Zc 9:2-4; Mt 11:21, 22; Lk 10:13, 14 bIs 14:29-31; Jr 47:1-7; Ezk 25:15-17; Am 1:6-8; Zc 9:5-7 cIs 34:8; 59:18
[5] ILit goodly things a2K 12:18; 2Ch 21:16, 17
[6] ILit sons of Javan aEzk 27:13
[7] aIs 43:5, 6; Jr 23:8; Zc 9:13
[8] aIs 14:2; 60:14 bJb 1:15; Ps 72:10; Ezk 38:13

  9aProclaim this among the nations:
  bPrepare a war; crouse the mighty men!
  Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up!
  10 aBeat your plowshares into swords
  And your pruning hooks into spears;
  bLet the weak say, “I am a mighty man.”
  11 IaHasten and come, all you surrounding nations,
  And gather yourselves there.
  Bring down, O LORD, Your bmighty ones.
  12 Let the nations be aroused
  And come up to the avalley of IJehoshaphat,
  For there I will sit to bjudge
  All the surrounding nations.
  13 aPut in the sickle, for the bharvest is ripe.
  Come, ctread, for the dwine press is full;
  The vats overflow, for their ewickedness is great.
  14 aMultitudes, multitudes in the bvalley of Idecision!
  For the cday of the LORD is near in the valley of Idecision.
  15 The asun and moon grow dark
  And the stars lose their brightness.
  16 The LORD aroars from Zion
  And butters His voice from Jerusalem,
  And the cheavens and the earth tremble.
  But the LORD is a drefuge for His people
  And a estronghold to the sons of Israel.
  17 Then you will aknow that I am the LORD your God,
  Dwelling in Zion, My bholy mountain.
  So Jerusalem will be choly,
  And dstrangers will pass through it no more.

[9] aJr 51:27 bJr 6:4; Ezk 38:7; Mi 3:5 cIs 8:9, 10; Jr 46:3, 4; Zc 14:2, 3
[10] aIs 2:4; Mi 4:3 bZc 12:8
[11] IOr Lend aid aEzk 38:15, 16 bIs 13:3
[12] II.e. YHWH judges aJol 3:2, 14 bPs 7:6; 96:13; 98:9; Is 2:4; 3:13
[13] aRv 14:14-19 bJr 51:33; Ho 6:11 cRv 14:19, 20; 19:15 dIs 63:3; Lm 1:15 eGn 18:20
[14] II.e. God’s verdict aIs 34:2-8 bJol 3:2, 12 cJol 1:15; 2:1, 11, 31
[15] aJol 2:10, 31
[16] aHo 11:10; Am 1:2 bJol 2:11 cEzk 38:19; Jol 2:10; Hg 2:6 dPs 61:3; Is 33:16; Jr 17:17 eJr 16:19; Na 1:7
[17] aJol 2:27 bIs 11:9; 56:7; Ezk 20:40 cIs 4:3; Ob 17 dIs 52:1; Na 1:15

Judah Will Be Blessed

  18 ¶ And in that day
  The amountains will drip with Isweet wine,
  And the hills will bflow with milk,
  And all the cbrooks of Judah will flow with water;
  And a dspring will go out from the house of the LORD
  To water the valley of IIShittim.
  19 Egypt will become a waste,
  And Edom will become a desolate wilderness,
  Because of the aviolence Idone to the sons of Judah,
  In whose land they have shed innocent blood.
  20 But Judah will be ainhabited forever
  And Jerusalem for all generations.
  21 And I will aavenge their blood which I have not avenged,
  For the LORD dwells in Zion.

[18] ILit freshly pressed out grape juice IIOr acacias aAm 9:13 bEx 3:8 cIs 30:25; 35:6 dEzk 47:1-12
[19] ILit of the sons aOb 10
[20] aEzk 37:25; Am 9:15
[21] aIs 4:4


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God's judgment against the enemies of his people.

1 ¶ For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and [for] my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. 3 And they have cast 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 what 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, swiftly [and] speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head; 5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things: 6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border. 7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will 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 Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD hath spoken [it].

[1] Dt 30:3; 2Ch 6:37; Ps 14:7; 85:1; Is 11:11; Jr 16:15; 23:3; 29:14; 30:3, 18; Ezk 16:53; 37:21; 38:14; 39:25, 28; Dn 12:1; Jol 2:29; Am 9:14; Zp 3:19.
[2] 2Ch 20:26; Is 66:16; Jr 12:14; 49:1; Ezk 25:8; 35:10; 38:22; 39:11; Jol 3:12; Am 1:11; Ob 1:10; Zp 2:8; 3:8; Zc 12:3; 14:2, 4; Rv 11:18; 16:6, 14, 16; 18:20; 19:19; 20:8.
[3] 2Ch 28:8; Am 2:6; Ob 1:11; Na 3:10; Rv 18:13.
[4] Dt 32:35; Jg 11:12; 2Ch 21:16; 28:17; Is 34:8; 59:18; Jr 51:6; Ezk 25:12; Am 1:6, 12; Zc 9:2; Lk 18:7; Ac 9:4; 2Th 1:6.
[5] 1S 5:2; 2K 12:18; 16:8; 18:15; 24:13; 25:13; Jr 50:28; 51:11; Dn 5:2; 11:38.
[6] Dt 28:32, 68; Ezk 27:13; Jol 3:3, 8.
[7] Jg 1:7; 1S 15:33; Es 7:10; Is 11:12; 43:5; 49:12; Jr 23:8; 30:10, 16; 31:8; 32:37; Ezk 34:12; 36:24; 38:8; Jol 3:4; Zc 10:6; Mt 7:2; 2Th 1:6; Jm 2:13; Rv 13:10; 16:6; 19:2.
[8] Dt 32:30; Jg 2:14; 4:2, 9; Jb 1:15; Is 14:1; 60:14; Jr 6:20; Ezk 23:42.

God will be known in his judgment.

9 ¶ 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 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I [am] strong. 11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. 12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. 13 Put 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 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD [is] near in the valley of decision. 15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. 16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. 17 So shall ye know that I [am] the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.

[9] Ps 96:10; Is 8:9; 34:1; Jr 31:10; 46:3; 50:2; Ezk 21:21; 38:7.
[10] 2Ch 25:8; Is 2:4; Mi 4:3; Zc 12:8; Lk 22:36.
[11] Ps 103:20; Is 10:34; 13:3; 37:36; Ezk 38:9; Jol 3:2; Mi 4:12; Zp 3:8; Zc 14:2; 2Th 1:7; Rv 16:14; 19:14, 19; 20:8.
[12] 2Ch 20:26; Ps 2:8; 7:6; 76:8; 96:13; 98:9; 110:5; Is 2:4; 3:13; Ezk 30:3; 39:11; Jol 3:2, 14; Mi 4:3; Zc 14:4; Rv 19:11.
[13] Gn 13:13; 15:16; 18:20; Dt 16:9; Is 63:3; Jr 51:33; Lm 1:15; Ho 6:11; Mt 13:39; Mk 4:29; Rv 14:15, 17.
[14] Ps 37:13; Is 34:2; 63:1; Ezk 38:8; 39:8; Jol 2:1; 3:2; Php 3:2; 2P 3:7; Rv 16:14; 19:19.
[15] Is 13:10; Jol 2:10, 31; Mt 24:29; Lk 21:25; Rv 6:12.
[16] 1S 15:29; Ps 18:2; 29:11; 46:1; 61:3; 91:1; Pv 18:10; Is 33:16, 21; 42:13; 51:5, 16; Jr 25:30; Ezk 38:19; Ho 11:10; Jol 2:10, 11; Am 1:2; 3:8; Hg 2:6; Zc 10:6, 12; 12:5; He 12:26; Rv 11:13, 19; 16:18.
[17] Ps 9:11; 76:2; Is 4:3; 12:6; 35:8; 52:1; Jr 31:23; Ezk 43:12; 48:35; Dn 11:45; Jol 2:27; 3:21; Ob 1:16, 17; Mi 4:7; Na 1:15; Zp 3:14; Zc 8:3; 14:20, 21; Rv 21:27.

His blessing upon the Church.

18 ¶ And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim. 19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence [against] the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land. 20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. 21 For I will cleanse their blood [that] I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion.

[18] Nu 25:1; Jb 29:6; Ps 46:4; Is 30:25; 35:6; 41:17; 55:12; Ezk 47:1; Am 9:13; Mi 6:5; Zc 14:8; Rv 22:1.
[19] Ps 137:7; Is 11:15; 19:1; 34:1; 63:1; Jr 49:17; 51:35; Lm 4:21; Ezk 25:1; 35:1; Am 1:11; Ob 1:1, 10; Zc 10:10; 14:18; Mal 1:3; 2Th 1:6.
[20] Is 33:20; Ezk 37:25; Am 9:15.
[21] Is 4:4; Ezk 36:25, 29; 48:35; Jol 3:17; Mt 27:25; Rv 21:3.


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