Joel 2:23-32 New International Version (NIV)
23 Be glad, people of Zion,
25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—
The Day of the Lord
28 “And afterward,
Joel 2:23-32 The Message (MSG)
The Trees Are Bearing Fruit Again
21-24 Fear not, Earth! Be glad and celebrate!
25-27 “I’ll make up for the years of the locust,
The Sun Turning Black and the Moon Blood-Red
28-32 “And that’s just the beginning: After that—
“I will pour out my Spirit
Joel 2:23-32 The Voice (VOICE)
23 People of Zion, shout with joy
25 Eternal One: I will compensate you for the years
26 In that day, you will eat plenty of food and always have enough,
28 Then in those days I will pour My Spirit to all humanity;
30 In the heaven above and on the earth below,
Was the day of the Eternal One wonderful to long for or horrific to dread? For Joel, it is both. Each of the five times this day is mentioned, he expresses a different expectation. In Joel 1:15 the prophet signals distressing locust invasions, in Joel 2:1 the day is filled with human invaders against Jerusalem, and in Joel 2:11 it is a stunning event. But in Joel 2:31 the outlook begins to change. Not only is the earth transformed with the heavenly rains and Spirit of God, but also the celestial bodies cease to carry out their functions of giving light and setting seasons for the earth. Both in verse 31 and in Joel 3:14, the day of the Eternal is positive for Israel but ominous for all other nations. Now the tables have been turned, and Zion is not a mountain devoured by locusts and human armies. It is a wonderful garden where the Eternal One meets constantly with His people, surrounded by abundant and perennial agriculture.
32 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Eternal One will be liberated.[b]
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