Joel 2:1
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New International Version
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand--

New Living Translation
Sound the alarm in Jerusalem! Raise the battle cry on my holy mountain! Let everyone tremble in fear because the day of the LORD is upon us.

English Standard Version
Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; it is near,

New American Standard Bible
Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the day of the LORD is coming; Surely it is near,

King James Bible
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Blow the horn in Zion; sound the alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the residents of the land tremble, for the Day of the LORD is coming; in fact, it is near--

International Standard Version
"Sound the ram's horn in Zion! Sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Tremble, all of you inhabitants of the land, because the Day of the LORD is coming. Oh, how near it is!

NET Bible
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm signal on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land shake with fear, for the day of the LORD is about to come. Indeed, it is near!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Blow the ram's horn in Zion. Sound the alarm on my holy mountain. Everyone who lives in the land should tremble, because the day of the LORD is coming. Certainly, it is near.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Blow the shofar in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain; let all the inhabitants of the earth tremble for the day of the LORD comes, for it is near at hand;

King James 2000 Bible
Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD comes, for it is near at hand;

American King James Version
Blow you the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD comes, for it is near at hand;

American Standard Version
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain; let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of Jehovah cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blow ye the trumpet in Sion, sound an alarm in my holy mountain, let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: because the day of the Lord cometh, because it is nigh at hand,

Darby Bible Translation
Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain; let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of Jehovah cometh, for it is at hand;

English Revised Version
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain; let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

Webster's Bible Translation
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

World English Bible
Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of Yahweh comes, for it is close at hand:

Young's Literal Translation
Blow ye a trumpet in Zion, And shout ye in My holy hill, Tremble do all inhabitants of the earth, For coming is the day of Jehovah, for it is near!
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:1-14 The priests were to alarm the people with the near approach of the Divine judgments. It is the work of ministers to warn of the fatal consequences of sin, and to reveal the wrath from heaven against the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. The striking description which follows, shows what would attend the devastations of locusts, but may also describe the effects from the ravaging of the land by the Chaldeans. If the alarm of temporal judgments is given to offending nations, how much more should sinners be warned to seek deliverance from the wrath to come! Our business therefore on earth must especially be, to secure an interest in our Lord Jesus Christ; and we should seek to be weaned from objects which will soon be torn from all who now make idols of them. There must be outward expressions of sorrow and shame, fasting, weeping, and mourning; tears for trouble must be turned into tears for the sin that caused it. But rending the garments would be vain, except their hearts were rent by abasement and self-abhorrence; by sorrow for their sins, and separation from them. There is no question but that if we truly repent of our sins, God will forgive them; but whether he will remove affliction is not promised, yet the probability of it should encourage us to repent.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 1-11. - These verses contain a further description of the calamity occasioned by the locusts and the appearance presented by them; the calling of a congregational meeting for penitence and prayer; the reason assigned in the coming of the day of the Lord. Verse 1. - Blow ye the trumpet (margin, cornet) in Zion, and sound an alarm (or, cause it to sound) in my holy mountain. The shophar, or far-sounding horn, and probably the chatsoterah, the hazar or silver trumpet, were called into requisition. The priests are urged with great vehemence, as tiqu shophar and hariu imply, to apprise the people that the day of Jehovah's terrible judgment was near at hand, and to prepare for it. This alarm was to be sounded from Zion, the dry or sunny hill, the holy moun-rain. The noun qadosh like tsadiq, is applied to persons, therefore the noun qodshe is used. It rose to an elevation of 2539 feet above the level of the Mediterranean Sea. It was the place of the ark in David's day, and so of the visible symbol of the Divine presence, and therefore the holy mountain, though subsequently Moriah was chosen as the temple-hill. Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand. The effect here precedes the cause, as if what is upper. most in the heart comes first to the lips; while the abruptness may, perhaps, express the excitement and intensity of feeling. But how could the Lord's day be said to have come (ba is perfect), and yet to be near at hand? Hengstenberg replies that, in the intuition of the prophet, it had already come, though in reality it was only drawing near. Keil's solution of the difficulty is more satisfactory: every particular judgment that takes place in the history of God's kingdom is the day of the Lord, and yet only approaching as far as the complete fulfilment was concerned.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain,.... This is spoken to the priests, whose business it was to blow the trumpets for calling solemn assemblies to meet in Zion, the temple built there, called from thence the holy mountain of God. Here the trumpet is ordered to be blown with a broken quivering voice, a tarantantara, to give notice of approaching danger by the locusts, or those enemies signified by them, and to prepare for it, and return to God by repentance;

let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; at the judgments of God coming upon them, and the alarm of them:

for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; the time fixed by him to punish a wicked people, and to pour out his wrath and vengeance on them; the day of his visitation, not in love, but in anger.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 2

Joe 2:1-32. The Coming Judgment a Motive to Repentance. Promise of Blessings in the Last Days.

A more terrific judgment than that of the locusts is foretold, under imagery drawn from that of the calamity then engrossing the afflicted nation. He therefore exhorts to repentance, assuring the Jews of Jehovah's pity if they would repent. Promise of the Holy Spirit in the last days under Messiah, and the deliverance of all believers in Him.

1. Blow … trumpet—to sound an alarm of coming war (Nu 10:1-10; Ho 5:8; Am 3:6); the office of the priests. Joe 1:15 is an anticipation of the fuller prophecy in this chapter.

Joel 2:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Army of Locusts
1Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the day of the LORD is coming; Surely it is near, 2A day of darkness and gloom, A day of clouds and thick darkness. As the dawn is spread over the mountains, So there is a great and mighty people; There has never been anything like it, Nor will there be again after it To the years of many generations.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 14:8
Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?

Revelation 6:17
For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?"

Exodus 10:14
they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers. Never before had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again.

Numbers 10:7
To gather the assembly, blow the trumpets, but not with the signal for setting out.

Jeremiah 4:5
"Announce in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem and say: 'Sound the trumpet throughout the land!' Cry aloud and say: 'Gather together! Let us flee to the fortified cities!'

Ezekiel 12:23
Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to put an end to this proverb, and they will no longer quote it in Israel.' Say to them, 'The days are near when every vision will be fulfilled.

Ezekiel 30:3
For the day is near, the day of the LORD is near-- a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations.

Ezekiel 33:3
and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people,

Hosea 5:8
"Sound the trumpet in Gibeah, the horn in Ramah. Raise the battle cry in Beth Aven; lead on, Benjamin.

Joel 1:15
Alas for that day! For the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.

Joel 2:11
The LORD thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty is the army that obeys his command. The day of the LORD is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?

Joel 2:15
Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly.

Joel 2:31
The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.

Joel 3:14
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

Amos 5:18
Woe to you who long for the day of the LORD! Why do you long for the day of the LORD? That day will be darkness, not light.

Obadiah 1:15
"The day of the LORD is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.

Zephaniah 1:14
The great day of the LORD is near-- near and coming quickly. The cry on the day of the LORD is bitter; the Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry.

Zephaniah 1:16
a day of trumpet and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the corner towers.

Zechariah 14:1
A day of the LORD is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls.
Treasury of Scripture

Blow you the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD comes, for it is near at hand;

Blow.

Joel 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:

Numbers 10:3,8 And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble …

Jeremiah 4:5 Declare you in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow you …

Hosea 8:1 Set the trumpet to your mouth. He shall come as an eagle against …

trumpet. or, cornet.

1 Chronicles 15:28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with …

Hosea 5:8 Blow you the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud …

and sound.

Numbers 10:5-7,9 When you blow an alarm, then the camps that lie on the east parts …

Ezekiel 33:3,6 If when he sees the sword come on the land, he blow the trumpet, …

Amos 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? …

Zephaniah 1:16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against …

in my.

Joel 3:17 So shall you know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my …

Psalm 87:1 His foundation is in the holy mountains.

Daniel 9:16,20 O LORD, according to all your righteousness, I beseech you, let your …

Zephaniah 3:11 In that day shall you not be ashamed for all your doings, wherein …

Zechariah 8:3 Thus said the LORD; I am returned to Zion, and will dwell in the …

let.

Ezra 9:3,4 And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and …

Psalm 119:120 My flesh trembles for fear of you; and I am afraid of your judgments.

Isaiah 66:2,5 For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have …

Jeremiah 5:22 Fear you not me? said the LORD: will you not tremble at my presence…

Jeremiah 16:7,10 Neither shall men tear themselves for them in mourning, to comfort …

Daniel 6:26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble …

Philippians 2:12 Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence …

for the.

Joel 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction …

Isaiah 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be on every one that is proud …

Ezekiel 7:5-7,10,12 Thus said the Lord GOD; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come…

Ezekiel 12:23 Tell them therefore, Thus said the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb …

Amos 8:2 And he said, Amos, what see you? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. …

Obadiah 1:15 For the day of the LORD is near on all the heathen: as you have done, …

Malachi 4:1 For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the …

1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as …

James 5:8 Be you also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the …

1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and …

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