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Bible Commentaries
Joel 1

Geneva Study BibleGeneva Study Bible

Verse 2

1:2 Hear this, ye {a} old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath {b} this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?

(a) Signifying the princes, the priests, and the governors.

(b) He calls the Jews to the consideration of God’s judgments, who had now plagued the fruits of the ground for the space of four years, which was because of their sins, and to call them to repentance.

Verse 5

1:5 Awake, ye {c} drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.

(c) Meaning, that the reason for their excess and drunkenness was taken away.

Verse 6

1:6 For {d} a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth [are] the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.

(d) This was another plague with which God had punished them when he stirred up the Assyrians against them.

Verse 8

1:8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the {e} husband of her youth.

(e) Mourn grievously as a woman who has lost her husband, to whom she has been married in her youth.

Verse 9

1:9 The meat offering and the drink offering is {f} cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD’S ministers, mourn.

(f) The signs of God’s wrath appeared in his temple, in so much that God’s service was discontinued.

Verse 10

1:10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: {g} the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.

(g) All comfort and substance for nourishment is taken away.

Verse 13

1:13 {h} Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.

(h) He shows that the only means to avoid God’s wrath, and to have all things restored, is true repentance.

Verse 15

1:15 Alas for the day! for the {i} day of the LORD [is] at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

(i) We see by these great plagues that utter destruction is at hand.

Verse 20

1:20 The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the {k} fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

(k) That is, drought.

Bibliographical Information
Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Joel 1". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gsb/joel-1.html. 1599-1645.
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