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Joel 3

2 I will also gather all nations,   
        comment: The Lord is directing to every nation of the Earth                             
And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
        comment: The Valley of Jehoshaphat was when King Jehoshaphat prayed to God and God gave him the victory
        without they fighting.  Three nations plot together against them and they end up killing each other.
And I will enter into judgment with them there
On account of My people, My heritage Israel,
        comment: The whole nation of Israel, not just Judah.
Whom they have scattered among the nations;
They have also divided up My land.
         comment: The Nations had divided God’s land.
They have cast lots for My people,
Have given a boy as payment for a harlot,
And sold a girl for wine, that they may drink.
   
      comment: Young children of Israel sold

“Indeed, what have you to do with Me,
O Tyre and Sidon, and all the coasts of Philistia?
       comment: Tyre and Sidon, and all the coasts of Philistia took the gold and silver from God’s temple
Will you retaliate against Me?
But if you retaliate against Me,
Swiftly and speedily I will return your retaliation upon your own head;
        comment: Tyre and Sidon, and all the coasts of Philistia took the gold and silver from God’s temple
Because you have taken My silver and My gold,
And have carried into your temples My prized possessions.
Also the people of Judah and the people of Jerusalem
You have sold to the Greeks,
        comment: Tyre and Sidon, and all the coasts of Philistia sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks to take their land.
That you may remove them far from their borders.

“Behold, I will raise them
Out of the place to which you have sold them,
And will return your retaliation upon your own head.
I will sell your sons and your daughters
        comment: Tyre and Sidon, and all the coasts of Philistia were sold by the Jews to the Sabeans

Into the hand of the people of Judah,
And they will sell them to the Sabeans,
       comment: Eventually many Sabeans emigrated as far as China and Spain ( http://phoenicia.org/sabaeans.html )
To a people far off;
For the Lord has spoken.”
        comment: God has spoken.  It’s like adding His signature and what He has said.

12 “Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
For there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.
13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.
       comment: This will happen at the right time.  The harvest is symbol of God’s taking and hiding
his people from the suffering coming to the world.
Come, go down;
For the winepress is full,
The vats overflow—
For their wickedness is great.”
      comment: The Lord will come when there is too much wickedness to bear.

14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!
For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
15 The sun and moon will grow dark,

     That is the same sign of Joel for the last days..
And the stars will diminish their brightness.

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