King James VersionJoel3


1 For, be­hold, in 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 val­ley of Je­hoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my peo­ple and for my 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 a boy for an har­lot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. 4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zi­don, and all the coasts of Pales­tine? will ye ren­der me a rec­om­pence? and if ye rec­om­pense me, swift­ly and speed­i­ly will I re­turn your rec­om­pence upon your own head; 5 Be­cause ye have tak­en my sil­ver and my gold, and have car­ried into your tem­ples my good­ly pleas­ant things: 6 The chil­dren also of Ju­dah and the chil­dren of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Gre­cians, that ye might re­move them far from their bor­der. 7 Be­hold, I will raise them out of the place whith­er ye have sold them, and will re­turn your rec­om­pence upon your own head: 8 And I will sell your sons and your daugh­ters into the hand of the chil­dren of Ju­dah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a peo­ple far off: for the LORD hath spo­ken it. 9 Pro­claim ye this among the Gen­tiles; Pre­pare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: 10 Beat your plow­shares into swords, and your prun­inghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. 11 As­sem­ble your­selves, and come, all ye hea­then, and gath­er your­selves to­geth­er round about: thith­er cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. 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 ye in the sick­le, for the har­vest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats over­flow; for their wicked­ness is great. 14 Mul­ti­tudes, mul­ti­tudes in the val­ley of de­ci­sion: for the day of the LORD is near in the val­ley of de­ci­sion. 15 The sun and the moon shall be dark­ened, and the stars shall with­draw their shin­ing. 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 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, my holy moun­tain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. 18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the moun­tains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Ju­dah shall flow with wa­ters, and a foun­tain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall wa­ter the val­ley of Shit­tim. 19 Egypt shall be a des­o­la­tion, and Edom shall be a des­o­late wilder­ness, for the vi­o­lence against the chil­dren of Ju­dah, be­cause they have shed in­no­cent blood in their land. 20 But Ju­dah shall dwell for ev­er, and Jerusalem from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion. 21 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion.