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Joel 3:2

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3:2 Then I will gather all the nations,

and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. 1 

I will enter into judgment 2  against them there

concerning my people Israel who are my inheritance, 3 

whom they scattered among the nations.

They partitioned my land,

1 sn There is a play on words here. Jehoshaphat in Hebrew means “the Lord has judged,” and the next line in v. 2 further explicates this thought. The location of this valley is uncertain (cf. v. 12). Many interpreters have understood the Valley of Jehoshaphat to be the Kidron Valley, located on the east side of old Jerusalem. Since this is described as a scene of future messianic activity and judgment, many Jews and Muslims have desired to be buried in the vicinity, a fact attested to in modern times by the presence of many graves in the area. A variation of this view is mentioned by Eusebius, Onomasticon 1:10. According to this view, the Valley of Jehoshaphat is located in the Hinnom Valley, on the south side of the old city. Yet another view is held by many modern scholars, who understand the reference to this valley to be one of an idealized and nonliteral scene of judgment.

2 tn Heb “I will execute judgment.”

3 tn Heb “concerning my people and my inheritance Israel.”



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