Joel 1:8
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New International Version
Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth grieving for the betrothed of her youth.

New Living Translation
Weep like a bride dressed in black, mourning the death of her husband.

English Standard Version
Lament like a virgin wearing sackcloth for the bridegroom of her youth.

New American Standard Bible
Wail like a virgin girded with sackcloth For the bridegroom of her youth.

King James Bible
Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Grieve like a young woman dressed in sackcloth, mourning for the husband of her youth.

International Standard Version
"Grieve like a virgin, who, dressed in her mourner's clothes, cries out in memory of the man she was going to marry.

NET Bible
Wail like a young virgin clothed in sackcloth, lamenting the death of her husband-to-be.

New Heart English Bible
Mourn like a virgin dressed in sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Cry loudly like a young woman who is dressed in sackcloth, mourning for the man she was going to marry.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth For the husband of her youth.

New American Standard 1977
Wail like a virgin girded with sackcloth
            For the bridegroom of her youth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Lament like a young woman girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

King James 2000 Bible
Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

American King James Version
Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

American Standard Version
Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

Darby Bible Translation
Wail like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

English Revised Version
Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

World English Bible
Mourn like a virgin dressed in sackcloth for the husband of her youth!

Young's Literal Translation
Wail, as a virgin girdeth with sackcloth, For the husband of her youth.
Study Bible
A Call to Mourning
7It has made my vine a waste And my fig tree splinters. It has stripped them bare and cast them away; Their branches have become white. 8Wail like a virgin girded with sackcloth For the bridegroom of her youth. 9The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off From the house of the LORD. The priests mourn, The ministers of the LORD.…
Cross References
Isaiah 22:12
Therefore in that day the Lord GOD of hosts called you to weeping, to wailing, To shaving the head and to wearing sackcloth.

Lamentations 1:4
The roads of Zion are in mourning Because no one comes to the appointed feasts. All her gates are desolate; Her priests are groaning, Her virgins are afflicted, And she herself is bitter.

Joel 1:13
Gird yourselves with sackcloth And lament, O priests; Wail, O ministers of the altar! Come, spend the night in sackcloth O ministers of my God, For the grain offering and the drink offering Are withheld from the house of your God.

Amos 8:10
"Then I will turn your festivals into mourning And all your songs into lamentation; And I will bring sackcloth on everyone's loins And baldness on every head. And I will make it like a time of mourning for an only son, And the end of it will be like a bitter day.
Treasury of Scripture

Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

Lament.

Joel 1:13-15 Gird yourselves, and lament, you priests: howl, you ministers of …

Joel 2:12-14 Therefore also now, said the LORD, turn you even to me with all your …

Isaiah 22:12 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to …

Isaiah 24:7-12 The new wine mourns, the vine languishes, all the merry hearted do sigh…

Isaiah 32:11 Tremble, you women that are at ease; be troubled, you careless ones: …

Jeremiah 9:17-19 Thus said the LORD of hosts, Consider you, and call for the mourning …

James 4:8,9 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, …

James 5:1 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you.

the husband.

Proverbs 2:17 Which forsakes the guide of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God.

Jeremiah 3:4 Will you not from this time cry to me, My father, you are the guide of my youth?

Malachi 2:15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And …

(8) For the husband of her youth.--The land is addressed as a virgin betrothed, but not yet married, and forfeiting her marriage by unworthy conduct. Such was the relation of Israel to the Lord: He was faithful, but Israel unfaithful. Now let her mourn the penalty.

Verses 8-13. - The consequence of such ruin and havoc is great and general lamentation. The drunkards were first called on in the preceding verses to mourn, for the distress came first and nearest to them. But now the priests, the Lord's ministers, mourn; things inanimate, by a touching personification, join in the lamentation - the land mourneth; the husbandmen that till the ground mourn. Verse 8. - Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

1. The verb here, which is an ἅπαξ λεγόμενον, is

(1) imperative feminine; the subject must, of course, correspond. That subject has been variously supplied:

(a) the ground, according to Aben Ezra;

(b) naphshi, my soul, i.e. the prophet's address to himself;

(c) the daughter of Zion, or virgin daughter of Zion; but

(d) the congregation or people of Judah, as suggested in the Chaldee, is the real subject.

(2) The LXX. has θωρήνησον πρός με, evidently combining two readings, or rather two punctuations, of the same word, viz. אֵלַיִ, to me, and ךאלִי, lament.

2. The mourning is of the deepest, bitterest kind, like that of a virgin for the husband of her youth. It is either the case of a maiden betrothed to a youthful bridegroom, whom she sincerely loves, but he dies before they are married, and thus, instead of the wedding dress, she puts on the garment of mourning, the sackcloth of rough hair; or she has been married, and her husband, still in youth, is snatched away from her by death, and she is clothed in widow's weeds - in her case real weeds of woe, and outward tokens of sincere, not simulated, sorrow. The expression reminds us of Isaiah's "wife of youth," and of the Homeric expression frequently translated "virgin or youthful spouse," though more correctly "wedded wife." Such is the lamentation to which the people of Judah are called. Lament like a virgin,.... This is not the continuation of the prophet's speech to the drunkards; but, as Aben Ezra observes, he either speaks to himself, or to the land the Targum supplies it, O congregation of Israel; the more religious and godly part of the people are here addressed; who were concerned for the pure worship of God, and were as a chaste virgin espoused to Christ, though not yet come, and for whom they were waiting; these are called upon to lament the calamities of the times in doleful strains, like a virgin:

girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth; either as one that had been betrothed to a young man, but not married, he dying after the espousals, and before marriage; which must be greatly distressing to one that passionately loved him; and therefore, instead of her nuptial robes, prepared to meet him and be married in, girds herself with sackcloth; a coarse hairy sort of cloth, as was usual, in the eastern countries, to put on in token of mourning: or as one lately married to a young man she dearly loved, and was excessively fond of, and lived extremely happy with; but, being suddenly snatched away from her by death, puts on her widow's garments, and mourns not in show only, but in reality; having lost in her youth her young husband, she had the strongest affection for: this is used to express the great lamentation the people are called unto in this time of their distress. 8. Lament—O "my land" (Joe 1:6; Isa 24:4).

virgin … for the husband—A virgin betrothed was regarded as married (De 22:23; Mt 1:19). The Hebrew for "husband" is "lord" or "possessor," the husband being considered the master of the wife in the East.

of her youth—when the affections are strongest and when sorrow at bereavement is consequently keenest. Suggesting the thought of what Zion's grief ought to be for her separation from Jehovah, the betrothed husband of her early days (Jer 2:2; Eze 16:8; Ho 2:7; compare Pr 2:17; Jer 3:4).1:8-13 All who labour only for the meat that perishes, will, sooner or later, be ashamed of their labour. Those that place their happiness in the delights of sense, when deprived of them, or disturbed in the enjoyment, lose their joy; whereas spiritual joy then flourishes more than ever. See what perishing, uncertain things our creature-comforts are. See how we need to live in continual dependence upon God and his providence. See what ruinous work sin makes. As far as poverty occasions the decay of piety, and starves the cause of religion among a people, it is a very sore judgment. But how blessed are the awakening judgments of God, in rousing his people and calling home the heart to Christ, and his salvation!
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