June 2 - Joel 2.28-3.8

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The Day of the LORD

28"Afterward I will pour out my Spirit on everyone:
your sons and daughters will proclaim my message;
your old people will have dreams,
and your young people will see visions.
29At that time I will pour out my Spirit
even on servants, both men and women.

30"I will give warnings of that day
in the sky and on the earth;
there will be bloodshed, fire, and clouds of smoke.
31The sun will be darkened,
and the moon will turn red as blood
before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes.
32But all who ask the LORD for help will be saved.
As the LORD has said,
'Some in Jerusalem will escape;
those whom I choose will survive.'"

God Will Judge the Nations

Joel 3 The LORD says,
"At that time I will restore
the prosperity of Judah and Jerusalem.
2I will gather all the nations
and bring them to the Valley of Judgment.
There I will judge them
for all they have done to my people.
They have scattered the Israelites in foreign countries
and divided Israel, my land.
3They threw dice to decide
who would get the captives.
They sold boys and girls into slavery
to pay for prostitutes and wine.

4"What are you trying to do to me, Tyre, Sidon, and all of Philistia? Are you trying to pay me back for something? If you are, I will quickly pay you back! 5You have taken my silver and gold and carried my rich treasures into your temples. 6You have taken the people of Judah and Jerusalem far from their own country and sold them to the Greeks. 7Now I am going to bring them out of the places to which you have sold them. I will do to you what you have done to them. 8I will let your sons and daughters be sold to the people of Judah; they will sell them to the far-off Sabeans. I, the LORD, have spoken.

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This reading is from The Holy Bible, Today's English Version, Second Edition copyright © American Bible Society, 1992;
Old Testament copyright © American Bible Society, 1976, 1992; New Testament © American Bible Society, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992.

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