For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the
captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,||
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.||
(3:2) "They ... parted my land."|
On January 5, 2006, Pat Robertson linked Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's
recent stroke to God's wrath, saying:
"In the book of Joel, the prophet Joel makes it very clear that God has 'enmity against those who divide my land.'"
Although he didn't quote chapter and verse, Joel 3:2 is probably what he was referring to, though his interpretation of that
verse is a bit less than "very clear" to me.
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.
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;
Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your
temples my goodly pleasant things:||
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.||
Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and
will return your recompence upon your own head:||
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
(3:8) "I will sell your sons and your daughters ... for the Lord hath spoken it."
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:||
Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am
(3:10) "Beat your plowshares
into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am
Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves
together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.||
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.||
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.||
(3:14-16) The day of the Lord is near. You'll know it's here when you see all the earthquakes and eclipses.
(3:14) "For the day of the LORD is near."
(3:15) "The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining."
(3:16) "The LORD also shall roar... and the heavens and the earth shall shake."
"I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain."
Where does God live?
(3:17b) "Then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more."
Jerusalem will be "holy" when there are no non-Jews (and/or non-Christians) in Jerusalem.
(3:19) "Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness."
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD
is near in the valley of decision.
The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their
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.
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.
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 out of the house of
the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.
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.
But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to
For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in