3:1 For behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall
bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,
3:2 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 divided my land.
3:3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy
for a harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.
3:4 Yes, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and
all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompense?
and if ye recompense me, swiftly [and] speedily I will return
your recompense upon your own head;
3:5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have
carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things.
3:6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem
have ye sold to the Grecians, that ye might remove them far
from their border.
3:7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have
sold them, and will return your recompense upon your own head:
3:8 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].
3:9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up
the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come
3:10 Beat your plow-shares into swords, and your pruning-hooks
into spears: let the weak say, I [am] strong.
3:11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather
yourselves together around: thither cause thy mighty ones to
come down, O LORD.
3:12 Let the heathen be awakened, and come up to the valley of
Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen on
3:13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, go
down; for the press is full, the vats overflow; for their
wickedness [is] great.
3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision; for the
day of the LORD [is] near in the valley of decision.
3:15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall
withdraw their shining.
3:16 The LORD also will 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.
3:17 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.
3:18 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 from the house of the LORD, and shall
water the valley of Shittim.
3:19 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.
3:20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from
generation to generation.
3:21 For I will cleanse their blood [that] I have not cleansed:
for the LORD dwelleth in Zion.