The Nations Will Be Judged1 ▼
▼ Ch 4:1 in Heb“For behold b in those days and at that time,
When I c restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
2 I will d gather all the nations
And bring them down to the e valley of ▼
▼ I.e. YHWH judgesJehoshaphat.
Then I will g enter into judgment with them there
On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel,
Whom they have h scattered among the nations;
And they have i divided up My land.
3 “They have also j cast lots for My people,
▼ Lit Given, l Traded a boy for a harlot
And sold a girl for wine that they may drink.
4 “Moreover, what are you to Me, O m Tyre, Sidon and all the regions of n Philistia? Are you rendering Me a recompense? But if you do recompense Me, swiftly and speedily I will o return your recompense on your head. 5 “Since you have p taken My silver and My gold, brought My precious ▼
▼ Lit goodly thingstreasures to your temples, 6 and sold the r sons of Judah and Jerusalem to the ▼
▼ Lit sons of JavanGreeks in order to remove them far from their territory, 7 behold, I am going to t arouse them from the place where you have sold them, and return your recompense on your head. 8 “Also I will u sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the sons of Judah, and they will sell them to the v Sabeans, to a distant nation,” for the Lord has spoken. 9 w Proclaim this among the nations:
x Prepare a war; y rouse the mighty men!
Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up!
10 z Beat your plowshares into swords
And your pruning hooks into spears;
aa Let the weak say, “I am a mighty man.”
▼ Or Lend aid, ac Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations,
And gather yourselves there.
Bring down, O Lord, Your ad mighty ones.
12 Let the nations be aroused
And come up to the ae valley of ▼
▼ I.e. YHWH judgesJehoshaphat,
For there I will sit to ag judge
All the surrounding nations.
13 ah Put in the sickle, for the ai harvest is ripe.
Come aj tread, for the ak wine press is full;
The vats overflow, for their al wickedness is great.
14 am Multitudes, multitudes in the an valley of ▼
▼ I.e. God’s verdictdecision!
For the ap day of the Lord is near in the valley of ▼
▼ I.e. God’s verdictdecision.
15 The ar sun and moon grow dark
And the stars lose their brightness.
16 The Lord as roars from Zion
And at utters His voice from Jerusalem,
And the au heavens and the earth tremble.
But the Lord is a av refuge for His people
And a aw stronghold to the sons of Israel.
17 Then you will ax know that I am the Lord your God,
Dwelling in Zion, My ay holy mountain.
So Jerusalem will be az holy,
And ba strangers will pass through it no more.
Judah Will Be Blessed18 And in that day
The bb mountains will drip with ▼
▼ Lit freshly pressed out grape juicesweet wine,
And the hills will bd flow with milk,
And all the be brooks of Judah will flow with water;
And a bf spring will go out from the house of the Lord
To water the valley of ▼
▼ Or acaciasShittim.
19 Egypt will become a waste,
And Edom will become a desolate wilderness,
Because of the bh violence ▼
▼ Lit of the sonsdone to the sons of Judah,
In whose land they have shed innocent blood.
20 But Judah will be bj inhabited forever
And Jerusalem for all generations.
21 And I will bk avenge their blood which I have not avenged,
For the Lord dwells in Zion.
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