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Joel 3:1-2Common English Bible (CEB)

Judgment on the nations

Truly, in those days and in that time, I will bring back to Judah and Jerusalem those who were sent away. I will gather all the nations, and I will bring them to the Jehoshaphat Valley. There I will enter into judgment with them in support of my people and my possession, Israel, which they have scattered among the nations. They have divided my land,

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Joel 3:9-17Common English Bible (CEB)

Declaration of war

Announce this among the nations:
    Prepare a holy war,
        wake up the warriors;
    let all the soldiers draw near,
        let them come up!
10 Beat the iron tips of your plows into swords
            and your pruning tools into spears;
        let the weakling say, “I am mighty.”
11 Come quickly,
        all you surrounding nations;
    gather yourselves there;
        bring your mighty ones, Lord.
12 Let the nations prepare themselves,
        and come up to the Jehoshaphat Valley;
            for there I will sit to judge
                all the surrounding nations.
13 Cut with the sickle,
        for the harvest is ripe.
    Go and crush grapes,
        for the winepress is full.
    The jars overflow with wine,
        for their wickedness is great.
14 Crowd after crowd fills the valley of judgment,
    for the day of the Lord is near
        in the valley of judgment.
15 The sun and the moon are darkened;
    the stars have ceased shining.

Salvation for God’s people

16 The Lord roars from Zion,
        and utters his voice from Jerusalem;
        the heavens and the earth quake.
    But the Lord is a refuge for his people,
        a shelter for the people of Israel.
17 So you will know that I am the Lord your God,
        settle down in Zion, my holy mountain.
    Jerusalem will be holy,
        and never again will strangers pass through it.

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Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible

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