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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.

Commentary for Joel 3

God's judgments in the latter days. (1-8) The extent of these judgments. (9-17) The blessings the church shall enjoy. (18-21)1-8 The restoration of the Jews, and the final victory of true religion over all opposers, appear to be here foretold. The contempt and scorn with which the Jews have often been treated as a people, and the little value set upon them, are noticed. None ever hardened his heart against God or his church, and prospered long.

9-17 Here is a challenge to all the enemies of God's people. There is no escaping God's judgments; hardened sinners, in that day of wrath, shall be cut off from all comfort and joy. Most of the prophets foretell the same final victory of the church of God over all that oppose it. To the wicked it will be a terrible day, but to the righteous it will be a joyful day. What cause have those who possess an interest in Christ, to glory in their Strength and their Redeemer! The acceptable year of the Lord, a day of such great favour to some, will be a day of remarkable vengeance to others: let every one that is out of Christ awake, and flee from the wrath to come.

18-21 There shall be abundant Divine influences, and the gospel will spread speedily into the remotest corners of the earth. These events are predicted under significant emblems; there is a day coming, when every thing amiss shall be amended. The fountain of this plenty is in the house of God, whence the streams take rise. Christ is this Fountain; his sufferings, merit, and grace, cleanse, refresh, and make fruitful. Gospel grace, flowing from Christ, shall reach to the Gentile world, to the most remote regions, and make them abound in fruits of righteousness; and from the house of the Lord above, from his heavenly temple, flows all the good we daily taste, and hope to enjoy eternally.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Joel 3

  • A dsiciple
    "..let the weak say, I am strong. Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord." The men of the world, they are the weak; and the ungodly, they are the heathen to be gathered and brought up to their doom. While they hold on to their ancient deceits of pride defiance against Christ, thus will they fall.
  • A disciple
    "Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine?" Jesus Himself answered the everlasting contempt of Israel's evil neighbors: "It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs." If they would repent and believe the Gospel and love God's people He would heal them; but they continue to make themselves enemies for their false prophet's sake.
  • Mich
    the judgments of the Lord Jesus are right, true and just.
  • Michael C.
    The Day of the LORD is at hand and our redemption draws near! The chain of events which are now rapidly taking shape, have an end! We know that during the last, and most terrible and dreadful kingdom of the heathen, will be the days when the Lord comes to take them away for ever, when He sets up His everlasting kingdom. Let us not be troubled, but exulting; and the trial is only for small moment!
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    HEAR OH ZION ! THY REDEMTION DRAWETH NEIGH UNTO THEE ! THOU ART NOT FORGOTTEN ! BEHOLD THY REDEMTION IS TRULY AT HAND AMEN AND AMEN ! GLORY TO GOD ALMIGHTY YAHWEH IN AND THROUGH HIS SON WHO IS SEATED AT HIS RIGHT HAND GLORY AMEN ! BEHOLD THE WORKS OF OUR MIGHTY GOD ! I DO SEE IT DO NOT YOU ! PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD ! SHALOM ISRAEL ZION ! COME LORD YESHUA AMEN ! BEHOLD ! ELIJAH IS COMING !
  • Toni Hunter
    Amen...Amen....Amen....
  • Desmond ames
    It 's a good bible with clearly spaced out words
  • Your online bible is great keep up the good work!

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Bible Trivia

In the book of Joel, the Lord says He will bring again the captivity of what two cities?
  • Israel and Judah
  • Jerusalem and Ephraim
  • Judah and Jerusalem
  • Tyre and Zidon