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3Joel

1 "For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,

God will judge the nations. Jl.3.1-15
2 I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat, and I will enter into judgment with them there, on account of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations, and have divided up my land,

 
3 and have cast lots for my people, and have given a boy for a harlot, and have sold a girl for wine, and have drunk it.

 
4 "What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are paying me back, I will requite your deed upon your own head swiftly and speedily.

 
5 Fore you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my riches into your temples.

 
6 You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, removing them far from their own border.  
7 but now I will stir them up from the place to which you have sold them, and I will require your deed upon your own head.  
8 I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the sons of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a nation far off; for Yahweh has spoken."  
9 Proclaim this among the nations:
Prepare war,
stir up the mighty men.
Let all the men of war draw near,
let them come up.

 
10 Beat your plowshares into swords,
and your pruning hooks into spears;
let the weak say, "I am a warrior."

 
11 Hasten and come,
all the nations round about,
gather themselves there.
Bring down your warriors, O Yahweh.

 
12 Let the nations bestir themselves,
and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat;
for there I will sit to judge
all the nations round about.

 
13 Put in the sickle,
for the harvest is ripe.
Go in, tread,
for the wine press is full.
the vats overflow,
for their wickedness is great.

 
14 Multitudes, multitudes,
in the valley of decision!
For the day of Yahweh is near
in the valley of decision.
 
15 The sun and the moon are darkened,
and the stars withdraw their shining.
 
16 And Yahweh roars from Zion,
and utters his voice from Jerusalem,
and the heavens and the earth shake.
But Yahweh is a refuge to his people,
a stronghold to the people of Israel.
 
17 "So you shall know that I am Yahweh your God,
who dwell in Zion, my holy mountain.
And Jerusalem shall be holy
and strangers shall never again pass through it.
God will bless his people. Jl.3.17-21
18 "And in that day
the mountains shall drip sweet wine,
and the hills shall flow with milk,
and all the stream beds of Judah
shall flow with water;
and a fountain shall come forth from the house of Yahweh
and water the valley of Shittim.

 
19 "Egypt shall become a desolation
and Edom a desolate wilderness,
for the violence done to the people of Judah,
because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
 
20 But Judah shall be inhabited for ever,
and Jerusalem to all generations.

 
21 I will avenge their blood, and I will not clear the guilty,
for Yahweh dwell in Zion."
 
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The katapi New Standard Bible is a very light revision of the RSV. The changes are: (1) In places where 'the LORD', 'O LORD' occurs in the RSV, (it represents the tetragrammaton - YHWH - which is in the hebrew text), I have printed 'YHWH' in black. The later vowel sounds I have shown in the colour gray;
(2) I have removed the quotation marks and hyphens that were used in so many names in the RSV as an aid to correct pronunciation. This now brings it in line with all other English versions, and makes any word-search more accurate.
(3) I have changed all (I hope!) of the RSV archaic language sections to modern.

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