The Lord’s Answer

18 Then the Lord was jealous(A) for his land
    and took pity(B) on his people.

19 The Lord replied[a] to them:

“I am sending you grain, new wine(C) and olive oil,(D)
    enough to satisfy you fully;(E)
never again will I make you
    an object of scorn(F) to the nations.

20 “I will drive the northern horde(G) far from you,
    pushing it into a parched and barren land;
its eastern ranks will drown in the Dead Sea
    and its western ranks in the Mediterranean Sea.
And its stench(H) will go up;
    its smell will rise.”

Surely he has done great things!
21     Do not be afraid,(I) land of Judah;
    be glad and rejoice.(J)
Surely the Lord has done great things!(K)
22     Do not be afraid, you wild animals,
    for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green.(L)
The trees are bearing their fruit;
    the fig tree(M) and the vine(N) yield their riches.(O)
23 Be glad, people of Zion,
    rejoice(P) in the Lord your God,
for he has given you the autumn rains
    because he is faithful.(Q)
He sends you abundant showers,(R)
    both autumn(S) and spring rains,(T) as before.
24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain;
    the vats will overflow(U) with new wine(V) and oil.

25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts(W) have eaten(X)
    the great locust and the young locust,
    the other locusts and the locust swarm[b]
my great army(Y) that I sent among you.
26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,(Z)
    and you will praise(AA) the name of the Lord your God,
    who has worked wonders(AB) for you;
never again will my people be shamed.(AC)
27 Then you will know(AD) that I am in Israel,
    that I am the Lord(AE) your God,
    and that there is no other;
never again will my people be shamed.(AF)

The Day of the Lord

28 “And afterward,
    I will pour out my Spirit(AG) on all people.(AH)
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,(AI)
    your old men will dream dreams,(AJ)
    your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants,(AK) both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days.(AL)
30 I will show wonders in the heavens(AM)
    and on the earth,(AN)
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned to darkness(AO)
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.(AP)
32 And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord(AQ) will be saved;(AR)
for on Mount Zion(AS) and in Jerusalem
    there will be deliverance,(AT)
    as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors(AU)
    whom the Lord calls.[c](AV)

The Nations Judged

[d]“In those days and at that time,
    when I restore the fortunes(AW) of Judah(AX) and Jerusalem,
I will gather(AY) all nations
    and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.[e](AZ)
There I will put them on trial(BA)
    for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel,
because they scattered(BB) my people among the nations
    and divided up my land.
They cast lots(BC) for my people
    and traded boys for prostitutes;
    they sold girls for wine(BD) to drink.

“Now what have you against me, Tyre and Sidon(BE) and all you regions of Philistia?(BF) 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.(BG) For you took my silver and my gold and carried off my finest treasures to your temples.[f](BH) You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks,(BI) that you might send them far from their homeland.

“See, I am going to rouse them out of the places to which you sold them,(BJ) and I will return(BK) on your own heads what you have done. I will sell your sons(BL) and daughters to the people of Judah,(BM) and they will sell them to the Sabeans,(BN) a nation far away.” The Lord has spoken.(BO)

Proclaim this among the nations:
    Prepare for war!(BP)
Rouse the warriors!(BQ)
    Let all the fighting men draw near and attack.
10 Beat your plowshares into swords
    and your pruning hooks(BR) into spears.(BS)
Let the weakling(BT) say,
    “I am strong!”(BU)
11 Come quickly, all you nations from every side,
    and assemble(BV) there.

Bring down your warriors,(BW) Lord!

12 “Let the nations be roused;
    let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat,(BX)
for there I will sit
    to judge(BY) all the nations on every side.
13 Swing the sickle,(BZ)
    for the harvest(CA) is ripe.
Come, trample the grapes,(CB)
    for the winepress(CC) is full
    and the vats overflow—
so great is their wickedness!”

14 Multitudes,(CD) multitudes
    in the valley(CE) of decision!
For the day of the Lord(CF) is near
    in the valley of decision.(CG)
15 The sun and moon will be darkened,
    and the stars no longer shine.(CH)
16 The Lord will roar(CI) from Zion
    and thunder from Jerusalem;(CJ)
    the earth and the heavens will tremble.(CK)
But the Lord will be a refuge(CL) for his people,
    a stronghold(CM) for the people of Israel.

Blessings for God’s People

17 “Then you will know(CN) that I, the Lord your God,(CO)
    dwell in Zion,(CP) my holy hill.(CQ)
Jerusalem will be holy;(CR)
    never again will foreigners invade her.(CS)

18 “In that day the mountains will drip new wine,(CT)
    and the hills will flow with milk;(CU)
    all the ravines of Judah will run with water.(CV)
A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house(CW)
    and will water the valley of acacias.[g](CX)
19 But Egypt(CY) will be desolate,
    Edom(CZ) a desert waste,
because of violence(DA) done to the people of Judah,
    in whose land they shed innocent blood.
20 Judah will be inhabited forever(DB)
    and Jerusalem through all generations.
21 Shall I leave their innocent blood unavenged?(DC)
    No, I will not.(DD)

The Lord dwells in Zion!(DE)


  1. Joel 2:19 Or Lord will be jealous … / and take pity … / 19 The Lord will reply
  2. Joel 2:25 The precise meaning of the four Hebrew words used here for locusts is uncertain.
  3. Joel 2:32 In Hebrew texts 2:28-32 is numbered 3:1-5.
  4. Joel 3:1 In Hebrew texts 3:1-21 is numbered 4:1-21.
  5. Joel 3:2 Jehoshaphat means the Lord judges; also in verse 12.
  6. Joel 3:5 Or palaces
  7. Joel 3:18 Or Valley of Shittim

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