Joel 2:18 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

18, 19. Then was Jehovah jealous for his land, and had pity on his people. And Jehovah answered and said, &c.] The future tenses of the A.V. are grammatically indefensible [42] . Though it is not expressly so stated, it is understood that the prophet’s exhortations had the intended effect; the people shewed themselves to be truly penitent; the priests interceded on their behalf; and the words quoted describe Jehovah’s gracious change of purpose, and the promises which He in consequence vouchsafed to His people.

[42] See the grounds for this statement in the writer’s Hebrew Tenses, § 82 Obs.

jealous for his land ] Zec 1:14; Zec 8:2. Jehovah is “jealous,” when His power is doubted, or the honour which is His due is given to another (see Exo 20:5; Deu 4:24; Deu 32:21; Isa 42:8; Zep 3:8, noticing in each case the context): this happens, however, when His people or His land suffer, and the heathen argue in consequence that He is unable to relieve them; accordingly the feeling of “jealousy” prompts Him then to interpose on their behalf (Eze 36:5-6; cf. Isa 9:7; Isa 37:32 [where zeal is a very inadequate rendering]).

Part II. Chap. Joe 2:18 to Joe 3:21

Jehovah’s answer to His people’s prayer of penitence. He will remove from them the plague of locusts, and bestow upon them an abundance of both material and spiritual gifts (Joe 2:18-32); His judgment will alight only upon the nations who are their foes; His own people will dwell for ever securely under the protection of His presence (ch. 3).

Consult other comments:

Joel 2:18 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Joel 2:18 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Joel 2:18 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Joel 2:18 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Joel 2:18 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Joel 2:18 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Joel 2:18 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Joel 2:18 - Expositors Bible Commentary

Joel 2:18 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Joel 2:18 - Geneva Bible Notes

Joel 2:18 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Joel 2:18 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Joel 2:18 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Joel 2:18 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Joel 2:18 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Joel 2:18 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Joel 2:18 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Joel 2:18 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Joel 2:18 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Joel 2:18 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Joel 2:18 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Joel 2:18 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Joel 2:18 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Joel 2:18 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Joel 2:18 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Joel 2:18 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Joel 2:18 - Combined Bible Commentary

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