Joel 3 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)
3 Of the judgment of God against the enemies of his people.
1 For behold, in [a]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 [b]valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people, and for mine 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 the child [c]for the harlot, and sold the girl for wine, that they might drink.
4 Yea, and [d]what have you to do with me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the coasts of Philistia? will ye render me [e]a recompense? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I render your recompense upon your head:
5 For ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly and pleasant things.
6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have you sold unto the Grecians, that ye might send them far from their border.
7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place where ye have sold them, and will render your reward upon your own head.
8 And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they [f]shall send them to the Sabeans, to a people far off, for the Lord hath spoken it.
9 Publish this among the Gentiles: prepare war, wake up the mighty men: let all the men of war draw near and come up.
10 [g]Break your plowshares into swords, and your scythes into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
11 Assemble yourselves, and come all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: there shall the Lord cast down the mighty men.
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 in your [h]scythes, for the harvest is ripe, come, get you down, for the winepress is full: yea, the winepresses run over, for their wickedness is great.
14 O multitude, O multitude, come into the valley of threshing: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of threshing.
15 The sun and moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their light.
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 [i]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, mine holy Mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers go [j]through her anymore.
18 And in that day shall the mountains [k]drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall run with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the House of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim.
19 [l]Egypt shall be waste, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the injuries of the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
20 But Judah shall dwell forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.
21 For I will [m]cleanse their blood, that I have not cleansed, and the Lord will dwell in Zion.
Joel 3 New International Version (NIV)
The Nations Judged
3 [a]“In those days and at that time,
4 “Now what have you against me, Tyre and Sidon and all you regions of Philistia? 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. 5 For you took my silver and my gold and carried off my finest treasures to your temples.[c] 6 You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, that you might send them far from their homeland.
7 “See, I am going to rouse them out of the places to which you sold them, and I will return on your own heads what you have done. 8 I will sell your sons and daughters to the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, a nation far away.” The Lord has spoken.
9 Proclaim this among the nations:
Bring down your warriors, Lord!
12 “Let the nations be roused;
14 Multitudes, multitudes
Blessings for God’s People
17 “Then you will know that I, the Lord your God,
18 “In that day the mountains will drip new wine,
The Lord dwells in Zion!