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Joel 3:14

    Joel 3:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! for the day of Jehovah is near in the valley of decision.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Masses on masses in the valley of decision! for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.

    Webster's Revision

    Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! for the day of Jehovah is near in the valley of decision.

    World English Bible

    Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of Yahweh is near, in the valley of decision.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

    Clarke's Commentary on Joel 3:14

    Multitudes, multitudes - המנים המנים hamonim, hamonim, crowds upon crowds, in the valley of decision, or excision: the same as the valley of Jehoshaphat, the place where God is to execute judgment on his enemies.

    Barnes' Notes on Joel 3:14

    The prophet continues, as in amazement at the great throng assembling upon one another, "multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision," as though, whichever way he looked, there were yet more of these "tumultuous masses," so that there was nothing beside them. It was one living, surging, boiling, sea: throngs upon throngs, mere throngs! . The word rendered "multitudes" suggests, besides, the thought of the hum and din of these masses thronging onward, blindly, to their own destruction. They all "tumultuously rage together, and imagine a vain thing, against the Lord and against His Christ" Psalm 2:1-2; but the place where they are gathered, (although they know it not,) is the "valley of decision," i. e., of "sharp, severe judgment." The valley is the same as that before called "the valley of Jehoshaphat;" but whereas that name only signifies "God judgeth," this further name denotes the strictness of God's judgment. The word signifies "cut," then "decided;" then is used of severe punishment, or destruction decided and decreed , by God.

    For the Day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision - Their gathering against God shall be a token of His coming to judge them. They come to fulfill their own ends; but His shall be fulfilled on them. They are left to bring about their own doom; and being abandoned by Him, rush on the more blindly because it is at hand. When their last sin is committed, their last defiance of God spoken or acted against Him, it is come. At all times, indeed, "the Lord is at hand" Philippians 4:5. It may be, that we are told, that the whole future revealed to us "must shortly come to pass" Revelation 1:1, in order to show that all time is a mere nothing, a moment, a dream, when it is gone. Yet here it is said, relatively, not to us, but to the things foretold, that it "is near" to come.

    Wesley's Notes on Joel 3:14

    3:14 In the valley of decision - Where God having gathered them, decided their quarrels, and by the conqueror punish the conquered for their sins against God and his people. The day - The day of vengeance.