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

New Living Translation
Blow the ram's horn in Jerusalem! Announce a time of fasting; call the people together for a solemn meeting.

English Standard Version
Blow the trumpet in Zion; consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly;

New American Standard Bible
Blow a trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,

King James Bible
Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Blow the horn in Zion! Announce a sacred fast; proclaim an assembly.

International Standard Version
"Sound the ram's horn in Zion! Dedicate a fast and call for a solemn assembly!

NET Bible
Blow the trumpet in Zion. Announce a holy fast; proclaim a sacred assembly!

New Heart English Bible
Blow the trumpet in Zion. Sanctify a fast. Call a solemn assembly.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Blow the ram's horn in Zion. Schedule a time to fast. Call for an assembly.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Blow the horn in Zion, Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly;

New American Standard 1977
Blow a trumpet in Zion,
            Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Blow the shofar in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:

King James 2000 Bible
Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:

American King James Version
Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:

American Standard Version
Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blow the trumpet in Sion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly,

Darby Bible Translation
Blow the trumpet in Zion, hallow a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly;

English Revised Version
Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:

Webster's Bible Translation
Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:

World English Bible
Blow the trumpet in Zion! Sanctify a fast. Call a solemn assembly.

Young's Literal Translation
Blow ye a trumpet in Zion, Sanctify a fast -- proclaim a restraint.
Study Bible
Return with All Your Heart
14Who knows whether He will not turn and relent And leave a blessing behind Him, Even a grain offering and a drink offering For the LORD your God? 15Blow a trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly, 16Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out of his room And the bride out of her bridal chamber.…
Cross References
Numbers 10:3
"When both are blown, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the doorway of the tent of meeting.

2 Kings 10:20
And Jehu said, "Sanctify a solemn assembly for Baal." And they proclaimed it.

Jeremiah 36:9
Now in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the ninth month, all the people in Jerusalem and all the people who came from the cities of Judah to Jerusalem proclaimed a fast before the LORD.

Joel 1:14
Consecrate a fast, Proclaim a solemn assembly; Gather the elders And all the inhabitants of the land To the house of the LORD your God, And cry out to the LORD.

Joel 2:1
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,
Treasury of Scripture

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

Blow.

Joel 2:1 Blow you the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: …

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

sanctify.

Joel 1:14 Sanctify you a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and …

1 Kings 21:9,12 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth …

2 Kings 10:20 And Jehu said, Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal. And they proclaimed it.

Jeremiah 36:9 And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah …

(15, 16) Sanctify a fast.--The prophet renews, therefore, his summons to the priests to proclaim a day of humiliation, on which all, without distinction of age or circumstances, are to be required to present themselves before the Lord. There was no room for the plea, "I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come."

Verses 15-17. - "The harsh blast of the consecrated ram's horn called an assembly for an extraordinary fast. Not a soul was to be absent. Like the fiery cross, it convened old and young, men and women, mothers with infants at their breasts, the bridegroom and the bride on their bridal day. All were there stretched in front of the altar. The altar itself presented the dreariest of all sights - a hearth without its sacred fire, a table spread without its sacred feast. The priestly caste, instead of gathering as usual upon its steps and its platform, were driven, as it were, to the further space; they turned their backs to the dead altar, and lay prostrate, gazing towards the Invisible Presence within the sanctuary. Instead of the hymns and music which, since the time of David, had entered into their prayers, there was nothing heard but the passionate sobs and the loud dissonant howls such as only an Eastern hierarchy could utter. Instead of the mass of white mantles which they usually presented, they were wrapt in black goat's-hair sackcloth, twisted round them, not with the brilliant sashes of the priestly attire, but with a rough girdle of the same texture, which they never unbound night or day. What they wore of their common dress was rent asunder or cast off. With bare breasts they waved their black drapery towards the temple, and shrieked aloud, 'Spare thy people, O Lord!'" Such is Dean Stanley's vivid picture of the circumstances and scene described by the prophet in the above verses. A scene exceedingly similar occurs in the commencement of the 'OEdipus Tyrannus' of Sophocles -

"Why sit ye here, my children, younger brood
Of Cadmus famed of old, in solemn state,
Your bands thus wreathed with the suppliants' boughs?
And all the city reeks with incense,


And all re-echoes with your hymns and groans;
And I, my children, counting it unmeet
To hear report from others, I have come
Myself, whom all name OEdipus the Great."
Blow the trumpet in Zion,.... For the calling of the people together to religious duties, which was one use of the silver trumpets made for and blows by the priests, Numbers 10:2;

sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly; See Gill on Joel 1:14. 15. Blow the trumpet—to convene the people (Nu 10:3). Compare Joe 1:14. The nation was guilty, and therefore there must be a national humiliation. Compare Hezekiah's proceedings before Sennacherib's invasion (2Ch 30:1-27).2:15-27 The priests and rulers are to appoint a solemn fast. The sinner's supplication is, Spare us, good Lord. God is ready to succour his people; and he waits to be gracious. They prayed that God would spare them, and he answered them. His promises are real answers to the prayers of faith; with him saying and doing are not two things. Some understand these promises figuratively, as pointing to gospel grace, and as fulfilled in the abundant comforts treasured up for believers in the covenant of grace.
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