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1“For behold, in those days and in that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
  2I will gather all nations and will bring them down into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, and I will execute judgment on them there for my people and for my heritage, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations. They have divided my land,
  3and have cast lots for my people, and have traded a boy for a prostitute and sold a girl for wine and have drunk it.

4Yes, and what would you do to me, Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you repaying me for something I have done? And if you are repaying me, I will swiftly and speedily return your repayment on your own head.
  5Because you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my finest treasures into your temples,
  6and have sold the people of Judah and the people of Jerusalem to the Greeks, so that you remove them far from their territory.
  7Behold, I will rouse them up from the place where you have sold them, and will return your repayment on your own head;
  8and I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hands of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the men of Sheba, to a faraway nation, for Yahweh has spoken it.”
  9Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Stir up the mighty men. Let all the warriors draw near. Let them come up.
  10Beat your plowblades into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weak say, “I am strong.”
  11Hurry and come, all you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves together. Cause your mighty ones to come down there, O Yahweh.
  12Let the nations be roused and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat,a for I will sit there to judge all the surrounding nations.
  13Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, for the winepress is full; the vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.
  14Multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of Decision! For the day of Yahweh is near in the valley of decision.
  15The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining.
  16Yahweh will roar from Zion, and thunder from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth will shake, but Yahweh will be a refuge to his people and a stronghold to the children of Israel.
  17“So you will know that I am Yahweh your God, dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain. Then Jerusalem will be holy, and no strangers will pass through her any more.
  18And in that day the mountains will drop down sweet wine, the hills will flow with milk, all the brooks of Judah will flow with waters, and a spring will flow out from the House of Yahwehb and will water the Valley of Acacia Trees.
  19Egypt will be a desolation, and Edom will be a desolate wilderness for the violence done to the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
  20But Judah will be inhabited forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.
  21I will cleanse their blood, that I have not cleansed; for Yahweh dwells in Zion.”

Jehoshaphat means “Yahweh judges”
I.e., the Temple

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