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Joel 1:2 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

2 3. Introduction, characterizing the event which forms the occasion of Joel’s prophecy: it is an unexampled one, of a kind which even the oldest of the prophet’s contemporaries had neither witnessed themselves nor heard of from their fathers; its memory, therefore, deserves the more to be handed on to successive generations in the future.

Hear this ] viz., the question following, implying the unprecedented character of the calamity.

ye old men, &c.] the whole people is addressed: not one among them, however long or varied his experience, has ever heard tell of such an occurrence.

of the land ] i.e. of Judah, with which alone Joel deals: Son 1:14; Son 2:1.

this ] i.e. the like of this.

or even ] simply or.

Part I. Chap. Joe 1:2 to Joe 2:17

Description of the present calamity (ch. 1.). The terrible “Day of Jehovah,” of which it is the harbinger (Joe 2:1-11), but which may yet be averted by the nation’s timely repentance (Joe 2:12-17).

Consult other comments:

Joel 1:2 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Joel 1:2 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Joel 1:2 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Joel 1:2 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Joel 1:2 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Joel 1:2 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Joel 1:2 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Joel 1:2 - Expositors Bible Commentary

Joel 1:2 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Joel 1:2 - Geneva Bible Notes

Joel 1:2 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Joel 1:2 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Joel 1:2 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Joel 1:2 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Joel 1:2 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Joel 1:2 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Joel 1:2 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Joel 1:2 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Joel 1:2 - Combined Bible Commentary

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges