Joel 3

Joel Chapter 3
-3:1-"bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem"-Cp. Jer. 30:3; Ezek 16:53, 38:14; Mat 25:31-46; Rev 21:24; Job 42:10; Ps. 126:1, 4; Amos 9:14; Deut. 30:3
-3:2-"gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat["Between Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives. The name then existing is still preserved in the village of Shafat; now the Wady Sitti Miriam and Wady Faraun…2 Chron. 20:21-26 being typical of this scene of the future judgment…Jehoshaphat=Jehovah hath judged"Comp.], and will plead with them["will judge them…Heb. yehoshaphat venishpatti"Comp.]there for my people["Note the force of this pronoun when Jehovah calls Israel again ‘Ammi(Hos. 2:23). The judgment of Matt. 25 turns on how the nations had treated ‘My brethren’, and not upon the grounds of justification by faith"Comp.]and for my heritage Israel["Deut. 32:9…Note this; not merely Judah, but the twelve-tribed nation"Comp.], whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land"-Cp. Zech. 14:2-4; Is. 66:16; Ezk 38:22
-3:3-"they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine["yayin"Comp.]"-Cp. Obad 11, 16; Nah. 3:10-11
-3:4-"Tyre, and Zidon, and…Palestine["Philistia"Comp.]…swiftly and speedily will I return your recompense upon your own head"-Amos 1:6; Ezk 25:15-17
-3:5-7-"taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things["things of desire, or valuable things. Dan. 11:38"Comp.]: The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians…I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompense upon your own head"-Cp. Is 43:5-6; Jer 23:8
-3:8-9-"I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off…Lord hath spoken it…Prepare war"-Cp. Ezk 38:7; Jer 46:3-4; Isa 8:9-10
-3:10-"Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong"-Cp. Is. 2:4; Mic. 4:3; Hos. 2:18
-3:11-"heathen…gather yourselves["To the valley of Jehoshaphat"Comp.]-Cp. Ps 103:20; Is. 13:3
-3:12-"Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge"Cp. Ps. 96:13; 98:9; 110:6; Isa. 2:4; 3:13; Mic. 4:3
-3:13-"harvest is ripe…their wickedness is great"-Cp. Mt. 13:39; Jer 51:33; Hos. 6:11
-3:14-21-"valley of decision["threshing; i.e. judgment. Cp. Isa. 41:15"Comp.]…sun and the moon…darkened…The Lord also shall roar["thunder"Comp.]out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope["refuge"Comp.]of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel…the mountains shall drop down["distill"Comp.]new wine["sweet wine, or mead. Heb. asis"Comp.], and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim["the acacias…Num. 33:49"Comp.]. Egypt…and Edom…desolate…because they have shed innocent blood["Deut. 19:10; 27:35"Comp.]…Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation…the Lord dwelleth in Zion"-Is. 4:4, 51:5-6; Jer. 25:30; Ezk 38:18-22, 47:1, 48:35; Amos 1:2, 9:13; Hag. 2:6; Zech. 14:8; Rev. 6:10-11, 21:3, 22:1; Ps. 87:3

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