3:1 (4:1)1 For look! In those2 days and at that time
I will return the exiles3 to Judah and Jerusalem.4
3:2 Then I will gather all the nations,
and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat.5
I will enter into judgment6 against them there
concerning my people Israel who are my inheritance,7
whom they scattered among the nations.
They partitioned my land,
3:3 and they cast lots for my people.
They traded8 a boy for a prostitute;
they sold a little girl for wine so they could drink.9
3:4 Why are you doing these things to me, Tyre and Sidon?10
Are you trying to get even with me, land of Philistia?11
I will very quickly repay you for what you have done!12
3:5 For you took my silver and my gold
and brought my precious valuables to your own palaces.13
3:6 You sold Judeans and Jerusalemites to the Greeks,
removing them far from their own country.14
3:7 Look! I am rousing them from that place to which you sold them.
I will repay you for what you have done!15
3:8 I will sell your sons and daughters to16 the people of Judah.17
They will sell them to the Sabeans,18 a nation far away.
Judgment in the Valley of Jehoshaphat
3:9 Proclaim this among the nations:
“Prepare for a holy war!
Call out the warriors!
Let all these fighting men approach and attack!19
3:10 Beat your plowshares20 into swords,
and your pruning hooks21 into spears!22
Let the weak say, ‘I too am a warrior!’23
3:11 Lend your aid24 and come,
all you surrounding nations,
and gather yourselves25 to that place.”
Bring down, O
3:12 Let the nations be roused and let them go up
to the valley of Jehoshaphat,
for there I will sit in judgment on all the surrounding nations.
3:13 Rush forth with27 the sickle, for the harvest is ripe!
Come, stomp the grapes,28 for the winepress is full!
The vats overflow.
Indeed, their evil is great!29
3:14 Crowds, great crowds are in the valley of decision,
for the day of the
3:15 The sun and moon are darkened;
the stars withhold31 their brightness.
from Jerusalem32 his voice bellows out.33
The heavens34 and the earth shake.
he is a stronghold for the citizens35 of Israel.
3:17 You will be convinced36 that I the
dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain.
Jerusalem37 will be holy –
conquering armies38 will no longer pass through it.
3:18 On that day39 the mountains will drip with sweet wine,40
and the hills will flow with milk.41
All the dry stream beds42 of Judah will flow with water.
A spring will flow out from the temple43 of the
watering the Valley of Acacia Trees.44
3:19 Egypt will be desolate
and Edom will be a desolate wilderness,
because of the violence they did to the people of Judah,45
in whose land they shed innocent blood.
3:20 But Judah will reside securely forever,
and Jerusalem will be secure46 from one generation to the next.
3:21 I will avenge47 their blood which I had not previously acquitted.
It is the