God's judgment against the enemies of his people.
Joel 3:1 For take hede: In those dayes & at ye same tyme, when I turne agayne the captyuite of Iuda & Ierusale: Joel 3:2 I shal gather all people together, & brynge the in to the valley of Iosaphat: and there wil I reason with the, because of my people & heretage of Israel: who they haue scatred aboute in the nacions, & parted my lode: Joel 3:3 yee they haue cast lottes for my people, the yonge me haue they set in the brodel house, & solde the Damsels for wyne, yt they might haue to drike. Joel 3:4 Thou Tirus and Sido and all ye borders of the Philistynes: what haue ye to do with me? Will ye defye me? well: yf ye will nedes defye me, I shall recopence you, euen vpon youre heade, & yt right shortly: Joel 3:5 for ye haue take awaye my syluer & golde, my fayre & goodly Iewels, & brought them in to youre gods houses. Joel 3:6 The children also of Iuda and Ierusalem haue ye solde vnto the Grekes, that ye might brynge the farre fro ye borders of their owne countrees. Joel 3:7 Beholde therfore: I will rayse them out of the place, where ye haue solde them, & will rewarde you euen vpon youre heade. Joel 3:8 Youre sonnes & youre doughters will I sell thorow the hondes of the childre of Iuda, & so they shal geue them forth to sell, vnto the of Saba, a people of a farre coutre: for the LORDE himself hath sayde it.
God will be known in his judgment.
Joel 3:9 Crie out these thinges amonge the Gentiles, proclame warre, wake vp the giauntes, let them drawe nye, let the come vp all the lusty warryours of the. Joel 3:10 Make you sweardes of youre ploweshares, and speares of youre syckles & sythes. Let ye weake man saye: I am stronge. Joel 3:11 Mustre you, and come, all ye Heithe roude aboute: gather you together, there shall the LORDE laye all thy giauntes to the grounde. Joel 3:12 Let the people aryse, and get them to the valley of Iosaphat: for there wil I syt, and iudge all Heithe roude aboute. Joel 3:13 Laye to youre sythes, for the haruest is rype: come, get you downe: the wynepresse is full, yee the wynepresses runne ouer, for their wickednesse is waxen greate. Joel 3:14 In the valley appoynted, there shalbe many, many people: for the daye of the LORDE is nye in ye valley appoynted. Joel 3:15 The Sonne and Moone shall be darckened, & the starres shal withdrawe their light. Joel 3:16 The LORDE shal roare out of Sion, & crie out of Ierusale, that the heauens & the earth shal quake withall. But the LORDE shal be a defence vnto his owne people, ad a refuge for the childre of Israel. Joel 3:17 Thus shal ye knowe, yt I the LORDE youre God dwell vpo my holy mount of Sion. Then shal Ierusale be holy, & there shal no straungers go thorow her eny more.
His blessing upon the Church.
Joel 3:18 Then shal the moutaynes droppe swete wyne, & the hylles shall flowe with mylcke, All the ryuers of Iuda shal haue water ynough, & out of the LORDES house, there shal flowe a sprynge, to water ye broke of Sitim: Joel 3:19 but Egipte shalbe layed waist, & Edo shal be desolate: because they haue dealte so cruelly with the childre of Iuda, and shed innocent bloude in their londe. Joel 3:20 Agayne, Iuda shalbe inhabited for euermore, & Ierusale from generacion to generacio: Joel 3:21 for I wil not leaue their bloude vnauenged. And the LORDE shal dwell in Sion.