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Joel 2:18-27 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

The Lord Relents. 18 Then the Lord grew jealous[a] for his land and took pity on his people. 19 In response the Lord said to his people:

I am sending you
    grain, new wine, and oil,
    and you will be satisfied by them;
Never again will I make you
    a disgrace among the nations.
20 The northerner[b] I will remove far from you,
    driving them out into a dry and desolate land,
Their vanguard to the eastern sea,
    their rearguard to the western sea,
And their stench will rise,
    their stink will ascend,
What great deeds the Lord has done!
21 Do not fear, O land!
    delight and rejoice,
    for the Lord has done great things!
22 Do not fear, you animals in the wild,
    for the wilderness pastures sprout green grass.
The trees bear fruit,
    the fig tree and the vine produce their harvest.
23 Children of Zion, delight
    and rejoice in the Lord, your God!
For he has faithfully given you the early rain,[c]
    sending rain down on you,
    the early and the late rains as before.
24 The threshing floors will be full of grain,
    the vats spilling over with new wine and oil.
25 I will repay you double
    what the swarming locust has eaten,
The hopper, the consuming locust, and the cutter,
    my great army I sent against you.
26 You will eat until you are fully satisfied,
    then you will praise the name of the Lord, your God,
Who acts so wondrously on your behalf!
    My people will never again be put to shame.
27 Then you will know that I am in the midst of Israel:
    I, the Lord, am your God, and there is no other;
    my people will never again be put to shame.


  1. 2:18 Jealous: the Hebrew word describes the passionate empathetic bond the Lord has with Israel. The people’s wholehearted participation in Joel’s call for fasting and prayer sparks the Lord’s longing to protect and love his people Israel. This desire moves him to withhold punishment and to send the blessing of v. 14 instead.
  2. 2:20 The northerner: the locusts, pictured as an invading army, which traditionally came from the north (Jer 1:14–15; Ez 26:7; 38:6, 15). Locusts are not usually an annual threat in Palestine, nor are they often associated with the north. However, to demonstrate the extent of the Lord’s care for Judah and control over what happens within its borders, Joel assures his audience that the Lord will quickly drive the locusts out of Judah the coming spring, should they reappear. Dead locusts will litter the shores of the “eastern” (the Dead Sea) and the “western” (the Mediterranean) seas.
  3. 2:23 This autumn rain teaches the people to recognize God’s compassionate presence in nature and history. There is a play on the double meaning of the Hebrew word moreh: “early rain” and “teacher.” In the Dead Sea Scrolls, the word is used in the phrase “teacher (= moreh) of righteousness.”
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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