Scripture Readings

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Joel 3:12-21 (Vespers)

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. Come, go down; For the winepress is full, The vats overflow – For their wickedness is great.”
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, And the stars will diminish their brightness.
16
The Lord also will roar from Zion, And utter His voice from Jerusalem; The heavens and earth will shake; But the Lord will be a shelter for His people, And the strength of the children of Israel.
17
“So you shall know that I am the Lord your God, Dwelling in Zion My holy mountain. Then Jerusalem shall be holy, And no aliens shall ever pass through her again.”
18
And it will come to pass in that day That the mountains shall drip with new wine, The hills shall flow with milk, And all the brooks of Judah shall be flooded with water; A fountain shall flow from the house of the Lord And water the Valley of Acacias.
19
“Egypt shall be a desolation, And Edom a desolate wilderness, Because of violence against the people of Judah, For they have shed innocent blood in their land.
20
But Judah shall abide forever, And Jerusalem from generation to generation.
21
For I will acquit them of the guilt of bloodshed, whom I had not acquitted; For the Lord dwells in Zion.”