|Joel 3:1 "For behold, in those [climactic] days and at that time,
When I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
|Joel 3:2 I will gather together all the [Gentile] nations [that were hostile to My people]
And bring them down into the Valley of Jehoshaphat (the LORD has judged).
And there I will deal with them and enter into judgment with them there
For [their treatment of] My people, My inheritance, Israel,
Whom they have scattered among the nations,
And [because] they have encroached on My land and divided it up.
|Joel 3:3 "They have also cast lots for My people,
And have traded a boy for a prostitute
And have sold a girl for wine that they may drink.
|Joel 3:4 "Moreover, what are you to Me, O Tyre and Sidon and all the [five small] regions of Philistia? Will you pay Me back for something [I have supposedly done to you]? Even if you do pay Me back, I will swiftly and speedily return your deed [of retaliation] on your own head. [Is 23; Ezek 26:1-18; Amos 1:6-10; Zeph 2:4-7; Zech 9:2-7]|
|Joel 3:5 "Because you have taken My silver and My gold and have carried My precious treasures to your temples and palaces,|
|Joel 3:6 and have sold the children of Judah and the children of Jerusalem to the Greeks, so that you may send them far away from their territory,|
|Joel 3:7 behold, I am going to stir them up from the place where you have sold them [and return them to their land], and I shall return your action [of retaliation] on your own head.|
|Joel 3:8 "Also I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a distant nation," for the LORD has spoken. [Is 14:2; 60:14]|
|Joel 3:9 ¶ Proclaim this among the [pagan] nations:
Prepare a war! Stir up the mighty men!
Let all the men of war come near, let them come up!
|Joel 3:10 Beat your plowshares into swords
And your pruning hooks into spears;
Let the weak say, "I am strong!" [Is 2:4; Mic 4:3]
|Joel 3:11 Hurry and come, all you surrounding nations,
And gather yourselves there;
Bring down, O LORD, Your mighty ones (Your warriors).
|Joel 3:12 Let the nations be stirred [to action]
And come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat,
For there I will sit to judge and punish
All the surrounding nations.
|Joel 3:13 Put in the sickle [of judgment], for the harvest is ripe;
Come, tread [the grapes], for the wine press is full;
The vats overflow, for the wickedness [of the people] is great. [Mark 4:29; Rev 14:15, 18-20]
|Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision (judgment)!
For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision [when judgment is executed]. [Zech 14:1-9]
|Joel 3:15 The sun and the moon grow dark
And the stars lose their brightness.
|Joel 3:16 The LORD thunders and roars from Zion
And utters His voice from Jerusalem [in judgment of His enemies],
And the heavens and the earth tremble and shudder;
But the LORD is a refuge for His people
And a stronghold [of protection] to the children of Israel. [Amos 9:11-15; Mic 4:1-3; 5:2; Zeph 3:13-20; Zech 6:12, 13; 12:8, 9]
|Joel 3:17 Then you will know and understand fully that I am the LORD your God,
Dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain.
Then Jerusalem will be holy,
And strangers [who do not belong] will no longer pass through it.
|Joel 3:18 ¶ And in that day
The mountains will drip with sweet wine
And the hills will flow with milk;
And all the brooks and riverbeds of Judah will flow with water,
And a fountain will go out from the house of the LORD
To water the [desert] Valley of Shittim. [Ezek 47:1-12; Amos 9:13; Zech 14:8]
|Joel 3:19 Egypt will become a waste,
And Edom will become a desolate wilderness,
Because of their violence against the children of Judah,
In whose land they have shed innocent blood. [Ex 1:16; Amos 1:11]
|Joel 3:20 But Judah shall be inhabited forever
And Jerusalem from generation to generation.
|Joel 3:21 And I shall avenge their blood which I have not avenged,
For the LORD dwells in Zion.