Joel 1:3
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New International Version
Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.

New Living Translation
Tell your children about it in the years to come, and let your children tell their children. Pass the story down from generation to generation.

English Standard Version
Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation.

New American Standard Bible
Tell your sons about it, And let your sons tell their sons, And their sons the next generation.

King James Bible
Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Tell your children about it, and let your children tell their children, and their children the next generation.

International Standard Version
Pass it on to your children, and from your children to their children, and from their children to the following generation.

NET Bible
Tell your children about it, have your children tell their children, and their children the following generation.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Tell your children about it. Have your children tell their children. Have your grandchildren tell their children.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Tell your sons of it, and let your sons tell their sons, and their sons another generation.

King James 2000 Bible
Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

American King James Version
Tell you your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

American Standard Version
Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Tell ye of this to your children, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation.

Darby Bible Translation
Tell your children of it, and [let] your children [tell] their children, and their children another generation:

English Revised Version
Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

Webster's Bible Translation
Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

World English Bible
Tell your children about it, and have your children tell their children, and their children, another generation.

Young's Literal Translation
Concerning it to your sons talk ye, And your sons to their sons, And their sons to another generation.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:1-7 The most aged could not remember such calamities as were about to take place. Armies of insects were coming upon the land to eat the fruits of it. It is expressed so as to apply also to the destruction of the country by a foreign enemy, and seems to refer to the devastations of the Chaldeans. God is Lord of hosts, has every creature at his command, and, when he pleases, can humble and mortify a proud, rebellious people, by the weakest and most contemptible creatures. It is just with God to take away the comforts which are abused to luxury and excess; and the more men place their happiness in the gratifications of sense, the more severe temporal afflictions are upon them. The more earthly delights we make needful to satisfy us, the more we expose ourselves to trouble.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. The prophet thus draws attention to the event which be is about to relate, or rather predict, a8 a calamity unknown in the memory of living men, unheard of in the days of their fathers, unparalleled in the past experience of their nation, and one affecting all the inhabitants of the land. He challenges the old men whose memory went furthest back, and whose experience had been longest and largest, to confirm his statements; he calls on the inhabitants of the land to consider an event in which they were all concerned, and to recognize the hand of God in a disaster in which all would be involved. But, though the visitation with which they are threatened had had no precedent or parallel among the generation then present, or that which preceded it, or for many long years before, it was not to remain without memorial or record in the time to come. To this end the prophet commands his countrymen of Judah to relate it to their children, to their grandchildren, and even to their great-grand-children. The expression reminds us of Virgil's -

"Yea, sons of sons, and those who shall from them be born." It reads like a reminiscence of what is recorded of one of the plagues - the plague of locusts - in Egypt, of which we read in Exodus 10:6, "Which neither thy fathers, nor thy fathers' fathers have seen, since the day they were upon the earth unto this day;" while the direction to have it transmitted by tradition seems an echo of what we read in the second verse of the same chapter: "That thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what things I have wrought in Egypt." Similarly, it is written in Psalm 78:5, 6, "He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: that the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children." The solemn manner in which the prophet draws attention to this by "Hear," "Give ear," and the earnestness with which he insists on the record of it being handed on from generation to generation, are intended to impress on the people the work of God in this visitation, its severity, the sin that caused it, and the call to repentance conveyed by it.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Tell ye your children of it,.... Give them a particular account of it; describe the creatures and their number as near as you can; say when they begun and how long they continued, and what devastations they made, and what was the cause and reason of such a judgment, your sins and transgressions:

and let your children tell their children, and their children other generation; or, "to the generation following" (l); let it be handed down from one generation to another that it may be a caution to future posterity how they behave and lest they bring down the like awful judgments on them. What this referred to was as follows:

(l) "posteritati sequenti", Vatablus; "generationi posterae", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Tarnovius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. Tell ye your children—in order that they may be admonished by the severity of the punishment to fear God (Ps 78:6-8; compare Ex 13:8; Jos 4:7).

Joel 1:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Invasion of Locusts
2Hear this, O elders, And listen, all inhabitants of the land. Has anything like this happened in your days Or in your fathers' days? 3Tell your sons about it, And let your sons tell their sons, And their sons the next generation. 4What the gnawing locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten; And what the swarming locust has left, the creeping locust has eaten; And what the creeping locust has left, the stripping locust has eaten.…
Cross References
Exodus 10:2
that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the LORD."

Psalm 78:4
We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.
Treasury of Scripture

Tell you your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

Exodus 10:1,2 And the LORD said to Moses, Go in to Pharaoh: for I have hardened …

Exodus 13:14 And it shall be when your son asks you in time to come, saying, What …

Deuteronomy 6:7 And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk …

Joshua 4:6,7,21,22 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their …

Psalm 44:1 We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what …

Psalm 71:18 Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not; until …

Psalm 78:3-8 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us…

Psalm 145:4 One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare …

Isaiah 38:19 The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day: the …

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