Joel Chapter 4 |
1For lo! in those days
And in that time,
When I restore the fortunes
Of Judah and Jerusalem,
2I will gather all the nations
And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.
There I will contend with them
Over My very own people, Israel,
Which they scattered among the nations.
For they divided My land among themselves
3And cast lots over My people;
And they bartered a boy for a whore,
And sold a girl for wine, which they drank.
4What is this you are doing to Me, O Tyre, Sidon, and all the districts of Philistia? Are you requiting Me for something I have done, or are you doing something for My benefit? Quick as a flash, I will pay you back; 5for you have taken My gold and My silver, and have carried off My precious treasures to your palaces; 6and you have sold the people of Judah and the people of Jerusalem to the Ionians, so that you have removed them far away from their homeland. 7Behold, I will rouse them to leave the place you have sold them to, and I will pay you back: 8I will deliver your sons and daughters into the hands of the people of Judah, and they will sell them into captivity to a distant nation—for the Lord has spoken.
9Proclaim this among the nations:
Prepare for battle!
Arouse the warriors,
Let all the fighters come and draw near!
10Beat your plowshares into swords,
And your pruning hooks into spears.
Let even the weakling say, “I am strong.”
11Rouse yourselves and come,
All you nations;
There bring down
Your warriors, O Lord!
12Let the nations rouse themselves and march up
To the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
For there I will sit in judgment
Over all the nations roundabout.
13Swing the sickle,
For the crop is ripe;
Come and tread,
For the winepress is full,
The vats are overflowing!
For great is their wickedness.
14Multitudes upon multitudes
In the Valley of Decision!
For the day of the Lord is at hand
In the Valley of Decision.
15Sun and moon are darkened,
And stars withdraw their brightness.
16And the Lord will roar from Zion,
And shout aloud from Jerusalem,
So that heaven and earth tremble.
But the Lord will be a shelter to His people,
A refuge to the children of Israel.
17And you shall know that I the Lord your God
Dwell in Zion, My holy mount.
And Jerusalem shall be holy;
Nevermore shall strangers pass through it.
18And in that day,
The mountains shall drip with wine,
The hills shall flow with milk,
And all the watercourses of Judah shall flow with water;
A spring shall issue from the House of the Lord
And shall water the Wadi of the Acacias.
19Egypt shall be a desolation,
And Edom a desolate waste,
Because of the outrage to the people of Judah,
In whose land they shed the blood of the innocent.
20But Judah shall be inhabited forever,
And Jerusalem throughout the ages.
21Thus I will treat as innocent their blood
Which I have not treated as innocent;
And the Lord shall dwell in Zion.