3 “In those days and at that time, I will give Judah and Jerusalem back their riches. 2 I will also gather all the nations together. I will bring them down into the Valley Where the Lord Judges. And there I will judge them. Those nations scattered my own people, Israel. They forced my people to live in other nations. They divided up my land. 3 They threw lots for my people. They traded boys for prostitutes. And they sold girls to buy wine to drink.
4 “Tyre and Sidon and all of you regions of Philistia! What do you have against me? Are you punishing me for something I did? Or are you doing something to hurt me? Then I will quickly do to you what you have done to me. 5 You took my silver and gold. You took my precious treasures and put them in your temples. 6 You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks. That way you could send them far from their land.
7 “You sent my people to that faraway place. But I will bring them back. And I will do to you what you have done to them. 8 I will sell your sons and daughters to the people of Judah. Then they will sell them to the Sabean people far away.” The Lord said this.
God Judges the Nations
9 Announce this among the nations: Prepare for war! Wake up the soldiers! Let all the men of war come near and attack. 10 Make your plows into swords. Make spears from your hooks for trimming trees. Let the weak say, “I am strong.” 11 All of you nations, hurry. Come together in that place. Lord, send your strong soldiers to gather the nations.
12 “Wake up, nations. Come to the Valley Where the Lord Judges. There I will sit to judge all the nations on every side. 13 Cut them down like grain because the harvest is ripe with sin. Come, walk on them as you would walk on grapes, because the winepress is full. The barrels are full of their sins and spilling over. These people are so evil!”
14 There are many people in the Valley of Decision.[a] The Lord’s day of judging is near in the Valley of Decision. 15 The sun and the moon will become dark. The stars will stop shining. 16 The Lord will roar like a lion from Jerusalem. His loud voice will sound like a growl from Jerusalem. And the sky and the earth will shake. But the Lord will be a safe place for his people. He will be a strong place of safety for the people of Israel.
17 “Then you will know that I am the Lord your God. I stay in my holy Mount Zion. Jerusalem will become holy. Strangers will never take over that city again.
A New Life Promised for Judah
18 “On that day the mountains will be covered with grapes for sweet wine. The hills will be covered with cows to give milk. And water will flow through all the ravines of Judah. A fountain will flow from the Temple of the Lord. It will give water to the valley of acacia trees. 19 But Egypt will become empty. And Edom will become an empty desert. This is because they were cruel to the people of Judah. They killed innocent people in the land of Judah. 20 But there will always be people living in Judah. And people will live in Jerusalem from now on. 21 Egypt and Edom killed my people. So I will definitely punish them.”
The Lord lives in Jerusalem!
3:14Valley of Decision This is like the name “the Valley Where the Lord Judges” in 3:2 and 3:12.
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