NASB — Joel 2 — KJV

The Terrible Visitation

  1 aBlow a trumpet in Zion,
  And sound an alarm on My holy mountain!
  Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
  For the bday of the LORD is coming;
  Surely it is near,
  2 A day of adarkness and gloom,
  A day of clouds and thick darkness.
  As the dawn is spread over the mountains,
  [So] there is a bgreat and mighty people;
  There has cnever been [anything] like it,
  Nor will there be again after it
  To the years of many generations.
  3 A afire consumes before them
  And behind them a flame burns.
  The land is blike the garden of Eden before them
  But a cdesolate wilderness behind them,
  And nothing at all escapes them.
  4 Their aappearance is like the appearance of horses;
  And like war horses, so they run.
  5 IWith a anoise as of chariots
  They leap on the tops of the mountains,
  Like the IIcrackling of a bflame of fire consuming the stubble,
  Like a mighty people arranged for battle.
  6 Before them the people are in aanguish;
  All bfaces Iturn pale.
  7 They run like mighty men,
  They climb the wall like soldiers;
  And they each amarch Iin line,
  Nor do they deviate from their paths.
  8 They do not crowd each other,
  They march everyone in his path;
  When they Iburst through the IIdefenses,
  They do not break ranks.
  9 They rush on the city,
  They run on the wall;
  They climb into the ahouses,
  They benter through the windows like a thief.
  10 Before them the earth aquakes,
  The heavens tremble,
  The bsun and the moon grow dark
  And the stars lose their brightness.
  11 The LORD autters His voice before bHis army;
  Surely His camp is very great,
  For cstrong is he who carries out His word.
  The dday of the LORD is indeed great and very awesome,
  And ewho can endure it?
  12 “Yet even now,” declares the LORD,
  “aReturn to Me with all your heart,
  And with bfasting, weeping and mourning;
  13 And arend your heart and not byour garments.”
  Now return to the LORD your God,
  For He is cgracious and compassionate,
  Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness
  And drelenting of evil.
  14 Who knows awhether He will [not] turn and relent
  And leave a bblessing behind Him,
  [Even] ca grain offering and a drink offering
  For the LORD your God?
  15 aBlow a trumpet in Zion,
  bConsecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,
  16 Gather the people, asanctify the congregation,
  Assemble the elders,
  Gather the children and the nursing infants.
  Let the bbridegroom come out of his room
  And the bride out of her [bridal] chamber.
  17 Let the priests, the LORDS ministers,
  Weep abetween the porch and the altar,
  And let them say, “bSpare Your people, O LORD,
  And do not make Your inheritance a creproach,
  A byword among the nations.
  Why should they among the peoples say,
  ‘dWhere is their God?’”

[1] aJr 4:5; Jol 2:15; Zp 1:16 bJol 1:15; 2:11, 31; 3:14; Ob 15; Zp 1:14
[2] aJol 2:10, 31; Am 5:18; Zp 1:15 bJol 1:6; 2:11, 25 cLm 1:12; Dn 9:12; 12:1; Jol 1:2
[3] aPs 97:3; Is 9:18, 19 bIs 51:3; Ezk 36:35 cEx 10:5, 15; Ps 105:34, 35; Zc 7:14
[4] aRv 9:7
[5] ILit Like the noise of chariots IILit noise aRv 9:9 bIs 5:24; 30:30
[6] IOr become flushed aIs 13:8; Na 2:10 bJr 30:6
[7] ILit in his ways aPv 30:27
[8] ILit fall IILit weapon, probably javelin
[9] aEx 10:6 bJr 9:21; Jn 10:1
[10] aPs 18:7; Jol 3:16; Na 1:5 bIs 13:10; 34:4; Jr 4:23; Ezk 32:7, 8; Jol 2:31; 3:15; Mt 24:29; Rv 8:12
[11] aPs 46:6; Is 13:4; Jr 25:30; Jol 3:16 bJol 2:25 cJr 50:34; Rv 18:8 dJr 30:7; Jol 1:15; 2:1, 31; 3:14; Zp 1:14, 15; Rv 6:17 eEzk 22:14; Mal 3:2
[12] aDt 4:29; Jr 4:1, 2; Ezk 33:11; Ho 12:6 bDn 9:3
[13] aPs 34:18; 51:17; Is 57:15 bGn 37:34; 2S 1:11; Jb 1:20; Jr 41:5 cEx 34:6 dJr 18:8; 42:10; Am 7:3, 6
[14] aJr 26:3; Jna 3:9 bHg 2:19 cJol 1:9, 13
[15] aNu 10:3; 2K 10:20 bJol 1:14
[16] a1S 16:5; 2Ch 29:5 bPs 19:5
[17] a2Ch 8:12; Ezk 8:16 bEx 32:11, 12; Is 37:20; Am 7:2, 5 cPs 44:13; 74:10 dPs 42:10; 79:10; 115:2

Deliverance Promised

  18 ¶ Then the LORD Iwill be azealous for His land
  And IIwill have bpity on His people.
  19 The LORD Iwill answer and say to His people,
  “Behold, I am going to asend you grain, new wine and oil,
  And you will be satisfied [in full] with IIthem;
  And I will bnever again make you a reproach among the nations.
  20 “But I will remove the anorthern [army] far from you,
  And I will drive it into a parched and desolate land,
  And its vanguard into the beastern sea,
  And its rear guard into the cwestern sea.
  And its dstench will arise and its foul smell will come up,
  For it has done great things.”

[18] IOr was zealous IIOr had pity aZc 1:14; 8:2 bIs 60:10; 63:9, 15
[19] IOr answered and said IILit it aJr 31:12; Ho 2:21, 22; Jol 1:10; Mal 3:10 bEzk 34:29; 36:15
[20] aJr 1:14, 15 bZc 14:8 cDt 11:24 dIs 34:3; Am 4:10

  21aDo not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad,
  For the LORD has done bgreat things.
  22 Do not fear, beasts of the field,
  For the apastures of the wilderness have turned green,
  For the tree has borne its fruit,
  The fig tree and the vine have yielded Iin full.
  23 So rejoice, O asons of Zion,
  And bbe glad in the LORD your God;
  For He has cgiven you Ithe early rain for [your] vindication.
  And He has poured down for you the rain,
  The IIearly and IIIdlatter rain IVas before.
  24 The threshing floors will be full of grain,
  And the vats will aoverflow with the new wine and oil.
  25 “Then I will make up to you for the years
  That the swarming alocust has eaten,
  The creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust,
  My great army which I sent among you.
  26 “You will have plenty to aeat and be satisfied
  And bpraise the name of the LORD your God,
  Who has cdealt wondrously with you;
  Then My people will dnever be put to shame.
  27 “Thus you will aknow that I am in the midst of Israel,
  And that I am the LORD your God,
  And there is bno other;
  And My people will never be cput to shame.

[21] aIs 54:4; Jr 30:10; Zp 3:16, 17 bPs 126:3; Jol 2:26
[22] ILit their wealth aPs 65:12, 13
[23] II.e. autumn; or possibly the teacher for righteousness III.e. autumn IIII.e. spring IVSo with ancient versions; Heb in the first aPs 149:2 bIs 12:2-6 cDt 11:14; Is 41:16; Jr 5:24; Hab 3:18; Zc 10:7 dLv 26:4; Ho 6:3; Zc 10:1
[24] aLv 26:10; Am 9:13; Mal 3:10
[25] aJol 1:4-7; 2:2-11
[26] aLv 26:5; Dt 11:15; Is 62:9 bDt 12:7; Ps 67:5-7 cPs 126:2, 3; Is 25:1 dIs 45:17
[27] aLv 26:11, 12; Jol 3:17, 21 bIs 45:5, 6 cIs 49:23

The Promise of the Spirit

  28 ¶ “IaIt will come about after this
  That I will bpour out My Spirit on all IIcmankind;
  And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
  Your old men will dream dreams,
  Your young men will see visions.
  29 “Even on the amale and female servants
  I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

[28] ICh 3:1 in Heb IILit flesh aAc 2:17-21 bIs 32:15; 44:3; Ezk 39:29; Zc 12:10 cIs 40:5; 49:26
[29] a1Co 12:13; Ga 3:28

The Day of the LORD

  30 “I will adisplay wonders in the sky and on the earth,
  Blood, fire and columns of smoke.
  31 “The asun will be turned into darkness
  And the moon into blood
  Before the bgreat and awesome day of the LORD comes.
  32 “And it will come about that awhoever calls on the name of the LORD
  Will be delivered;
  For bon Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
  There will be those who cescape,
  As the LORD has said,
  Even among the dsurvivors whom the LORD calls.

[30] aMt 24:29; Mk 13:24, 25; Lk 21:11, 25, 26; Ac 2:19
[31] aIs 13:10; 34:4; Jol 2:10; 3:15; Mt 24:29; Mk 13:24; Lk 21:25; Ac 2:20; Rv 6:12, 13 bIs 13:9; Zp 1:14-16; Mal 4:1, 5
[32] aJr 33:3; Ac 2:21; Ro 10:13 bIs 46:13; Ro 11:26 cIs 4:2; Ob 17 dIs 11:11; Jr 31:7; Mi 4:7; Ro 9:27


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He sheweth unto Zion the terribleness of God's judgment.

1 ¶ Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for [it is] nigh at hand; 2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, [even] to the years of many generations. 3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land [is] as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. 4 The appearance of them [is] as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. 5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. 6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. 7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: 8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and [when] they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. 9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. 10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: 11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp [is] very great: for [he is] strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD [is] great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

[1] Nu 10:3, 5, 8, 9; 1Ch 15:28; Ezr 9:3; Ps 87:1; 119:120; Is 2:12; 66:2, 5; Jr 4:5; 5:22; 16:7, 10; Ezk 7:5, 10, 12; 12:23; 33:3, 6; Dn 6:26; 9:16, 20; Ho 5:8; 8:1; Jol 1:15; 2:15; 3:17; Am 3:6; 8:2; Ob 1:15; Zp 1:16; 3:11; Zc 8:3; Mal 4:1; Php 2:12; 1Th 5:2; Jm 5:8; 1P 4:7.
[2] Ex 10:6, 14; 20:21; Dt 32:7; Ps 10:6; 97:2; Is 5:30; 8:22; Jr 13:16; Dn 12:1; Jol 1:2, 6; 2:5, 10, 11, 25, 31; 3:14; Am 4:13; 5:18; Zp 1:14; Mk 13:19; He 12:18; Jde 1:13.
[3] Gn 2:8; 13:10; Ex 10:5, 15; Ps 50:3; Is 51:3; Jr 5:17; Ezk 31:8; Jol 1:4, 19; Am 7:4; Zc 7:14.
[4] Rv 9:7.
[5] Is 5:24; 30:30; Jol 2:2; Na 2:3; 3:2; Mt 3:12; Rv 9:9.
[6] Ps 119:83; Is 13:8; Jr 8:21; 30:6; Lm 4:8; Na 2:10.
[7] 2S 1:23; 2:18; 5:8; Ps 19:5; Pv 30:27; Is 5:26; Jr 5:10; Jol 2:9.
[8] 2Ch 23:10; 32:5; Ne 4:17, 23; Jb 33:18; 36:12; So 4:13.
[9] Ex 10:6; Jr 9:21; Jn 10:1.
[10] Ps 18:7; 114:7; Is 13:10; 34:4; Jr 4:23; Ezk 32:7; Jol 2:2, 31; 3:15; Am 5:8; Na 1:5; Mt 24:29; 27:51; Mk 13:24; Lk 21:25; Ac 2:20; Rv 6:12; 8:12; 20:11.
[11] Nu 24:23; 2S 22:14; Ps 46:6; Is 7:18; 13:4; 42:13; Jr 25:30; 30:7; 50:34; Jol 2:25; 3:16; Am 1:2; 5:18, 20; Na 1:6; Zp 1:15; Mal 3:2; Rv 6:17; 18:8.

He exhorteth to repentance,

12 ¶ Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye [even] to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he [is] gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 14 Who knoweth [if] he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; [even] a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?

[12] Dt 4:29; Jg 20:26; 1S 7:3, 6; 1K 8:47; 2Ch 6:38; 7:13; 20:3; Ne 9:1; Is 22:12; 55:6; Jr 4:1; 29:12; Lm 3:40; Ho 6:1; 12:6; 14:1; Jna 3:5; Zc 1:3; 7:3, 5; 12:10; Ac 26:20; Jm 4:8.
[13] Gn 37:29, 34; Ex 34:6; Nu 14:18; 2S 1:11; 1K 21:27; 2K 5:7; 6:30; 22:11, 19; Ne 9:17; Jb 1:20; Ps 34:18; 51:17; 86:5, 15; 103:8; 106:45; 145:7; Is 57:15; 58:5; 66:2; Jr 18:7; Ezk 9:4; Am 7:2; Jna 4:2; Mi 7:18; Na 1:3; Mt 5:3; 6:16; Ro 2:4; 5:20; Ep 2:4; 1Ti 4:8; Jm 1:19.
[14] Ex 32:30; Jsh 14:12; 1S 6:5; 2S 12:22; 2K 19:4; Is 65:8; Jol 1:9, 13, 16; Am 5:15; Jna 1:6; 3:9; Zp 2:3; Hg 2:19; 2Co 9:5; 2Ti 2:25.

prescribeth a fast,

15 ¶ Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: 16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. 17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where [is] their God?

[15] Nu 10:3; 1K 21:9, 12; 2K 10:20; Jr 36:9; Jol 1:14; 2:1.
[16] Ex 19:10, 15, 22; Dt 29:10; Jsh 7:13; 1S 16:5; 2Ch 20:13; 29:5, 23; 30:17, 19; 35:6; Jb 1:5; Jol 1:14; Jna 3:7; Zc 12:11; Mt 9:15; 1Co 7:5.
[17] Ex 32:11; 34:9; Nu 14:14; Dt 9:16; 28:37; 32:27; 1K 6:3; 9:7; 2Ch 7:20; 8:12; Ne 9:36; Ps 42:10; 44:10, 14; 74:10, 18; 79:4, 10; 89:41, 51; 115:2; Is 37:20; 63:17; 64:9; Ezk 8:16; 20:9; 36:4; Dn 9:18; Ho 14:2; Jol 1:9, 13; Am 7:2, 5; Mi 7:10; Mal 1:9; Mt 23:35; 27:43.

promiseth a blessing thereon.

18 ¶ Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people. 19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: 20 But I will remove far off from you the northern [army], and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.

[18] Dt 32:16, 36, 43; Jg 10:16; Ps 103:13, 17; Is 42:13; 60:10; 63:9, 15; Jr 31:20; Lm 3:22; Ho 11:8; Zc 1:14; 8:2; Lk 15:20; Jm 5:11.
[19] Is 62:8; 65:21; Ezk 34:29; 36:15; 39:29; Ho 2:15; Jol 1:10; 2:24, 26; Am 9:13; Hg 2:16; Mal 3:10; Mt 6:33.
[20] Ex 10:19; Dt 11:24; 2K 8:13; Jr 1:14; Ezk 39:12; 47:7, 18; Jol 1:4; 2:2; Zc 14:8.

He comforteth Zion with present,

21 ¶ Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things. 22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength. 23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first [month]. 24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil. 25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. 26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. 27 And ye shall know that I [am] in the midst of Israel, and [that] I [am] the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.

[21] Gn 15:1; Dt 4:32; 1S 12:16, 24; Ps 65:12; 71:19; 96:11; 98:8; 126:1; Is 35:1; 41:10; 44:23; 54:4; 55:12; Jr 30:9; 33:3; Ho 2:21; Jol 2:20; Zp 3:16; Zc 8:15.
[22] Gn 4:12; Lv 26:4; Ps 36:6; 65:12; 67:6; 104:11, 27; 107:35; 145:15; 147:8; Is 30:23; 51:3; Ezk 34:26; 36:8, 30, 35; Ho 14:5; Jol 1:18, 19; Am 9:14; Jna 4:11; Hg 2:16; Zc 8:12; Mal 3:10; 1Co 3:7.
[23] Lv 26:4; Dt 11:14; 28:12; 32:2; Jb 33:23; Ps 28:7; 32:11; 33:1; 72:6; 95:1; 104:34; 149:2; Pv 16:15; Is 12:2; 30:21, 23; 41:16; 61:10; Jr 3:3; Lm 4:2; Ho 6:3; Jol 2:28; Am 4:7; Hab 3:17; Zp 3:14; Zc 9:9, 13; 10:1, 7; Lk 1:46; Ga 4:26; Ep 4:8; Php 3:1, 3; 4:4; Jm 5:7.
[24] Lv 26:10; Pv 3:9; Jol 3:13, 18; Am 9:13; Mal 3:10.
[25] Jol 1:4; 2:2; Zc 10:6.
[26] Gn 33:11; Lv 26:5, 26; Dt 6:11; 8:10; 12:7, 12, 18; 26:10; Ne 9:25; Ps 13:6; 22:26; 25:2; 37:19; 72:18; 103:5; 116:7; 126:2; Pv 13:25; So 5:1; Is 25:1; 29:22; 45:17; 49:23; 54:4; 55:2; 62:8; Jol 2:20; Mi 6:14; Zp 3:11; Zc 9:15, 17; Ro 5:5; 9:33; 10:11; 1Ti 4:3; 6:17; 1Jn 2:28.
[27] Lv 26:11; Dt 23:14; Ps 46:5; 68:18; Is 12:6; 45:5, 18, 21; 53:6; Ezk 37:26; 39:22, 28; Jol 2:26; 3:17; Zp 3:17; 2Co 6:16; 1P 2:6; Rv 21:3.

and future blessings.

28 ¶ And it shall come to pass afterward, [that] I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 32 And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

[28] Gn 37:5; Nu 12:6; Pv 1:23; Is 32:15; 40:5; 44:3; 49:6; 54:13; Jr 23:28; Ezk 39:29; Zc 12:10; Lk 3:6; Jn 7:39; Ac 2:2, 16, 33, 39; 10:44; 11:15; 15:7; 21:9; Ga 3:28.
[29] 1Co 12:13; Ga 3:28; Col 3:11.
[30] Gn 19:28; Jsh 8:20; Jg 20:38, 40; So 3:6; Mt 24:29; Mk 13:24; Lk 21:11, 25; Ac 2:19; Rv 6:12; 18:9, 18.
[31] Is 13:9; 34:4; Jol 2:10; 3:1, 15; Zp 1:14; Mal 4:1, 5; Mt 24:29; 27:45; Mk 13:24; Lk 21:25; Rv 6:12.
[32] Ps 50:15; Is 10:22; 11:11, 16; 46:13; 59:20; Jr 31:7; 33:3; Ob 1:17, 21; Mi 4:6; 5:3, 7; Zc 13:9; Jn 4:22; 10:16; Ac 2:21, 39; 15:17; Ro 8:28; 9:24, 27; 10:11; 11:5, 7, 26; 1Co 1:2; 2Th 2:13; He 12:22.


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