Joel 2:18
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New International Version
Then the LORD was jealous for his land and took pity on his people.

New Living Translation
Then the LORD will pity his people and jealously guard the honor of his land.

English Standard Version
Then the LORD became jealous for his land and had pity on his people.

New American Standard Bible
Then the LORD will be zealous for His land And will have pity on His people.

King James Bible
Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

Christian Standard Bible
Then the LORD became jealous for his land and spared his people.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD was deeply concerned about his land and had pity on his people.

Good News Translation
Then the LORD showed concern for his land; he had mercy on his people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the LORD became jealous for His land and spared His people.

International Standard Version
Then the LORD will show great concern for his land, and will have compassion on his people.

NET Bible
Then the LORD became zealous for his land; he had compassion on his people.

New Heart English Bible
Then the LORD was jealous for his land, And had pity on his people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the LORD became concerned about his land, and he had pity on his people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then was the LORD jealous for His land, And had pity on His people.

New American Standard 1977
Then the LORD will be zealous for His land, And will have pity on His people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the LORD will be jealous for his earth and forgive his people.

King James 2000 Bible
Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

American King James Version
Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

American Standard Version
Then was Jehovah jealous for his land, and had pity on his people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord hath been zealous for his land, and hath spared his people.

Darby Bible Translation
Then Jehovah will be jealous for his land, and will have pity on his people.

English Revised Version
Then was the LORD jealous for his land, and had pity on his people.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

World English Bible
Then Yahweh was jealous for his land, And had pity on his people.

Young's Literal Translation
And let Jehovah be zealous for His land, And have pity on His people.
Study Bible
Restoration Promised
17Let the priests, the LORD'S ministers, Weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, "Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not make Your inheritance a reproach, A byword among the nations. Why should they among the peoples say, 'Where is their God?'" 18Then the LORD will be zealous for His land And will have pity on His people. 19The LORD will answer and say to His people, "Behold, I am going to send you grain, new wine and oil, And you will be satisfied in full with them; And I will never again make you a reproach among the nations.…
Cross References
Isaiah 37:32
"For out of Jerusalem will go forth a remnant and out of Mount Zion survivors. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this."'

Isaiah 60:10
"Foreigners will build up your walls, And their kings will minister to you; For in My wrath I struck you, And in My favor I have had compassion on you.

Isaiah 63:9
In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.

Isaiah 63:15
Look down from heaven and see from Your holy and glorious habitation; Where are Your zeal and Your mighty deeds? The stirrings of Your heart and Your compassion are restrained toward me.

Zechariah 1:14
So the angel who was speaking with me said to me, "Proclaim, saying, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and Zion.

Zechariah 8:2
"Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'I am exceedingly jealous for Zion, yes, with great wrath I am jealous for her.'
Treasury of Scripture

Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

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Isaiah 42:13 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy …

Zechariah 1:14 So the angel that communed with me said to me, Cry you, saying, Thus …

Zechariah 8:2 Thus said the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, …

and pity.

Deuteronomy 32:16,36,43 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations …

Judges 10:16 And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the …

Psalm 103:13,17 Like as a father pities his children, so the LORD pities them that fear him…

Isaiah 60:10 And the sons of strangers shall build up your walls, and their kings …

Isaiah 63:9,15 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence …

Jeremiah 31:20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spoke …

Lamentations 3:22 It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his …

Hosea 11:8,9 How shall I give you up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver you, Israel? …

Luke 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great …

James 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. You have heard of the patience …

Verses 18-27 form the sequel of this chapter in the Hebrew, but five additional verses make up the chapter in the Authorized Version. These are divisible into two parts. In the first division the prophet assures his countrymen of the bestowal of temporal mercies, and in the second of the promise of spiritual blessings. Verse 18. - The futures of this verse with vav consec, are properly taken as perfects; nor is there any inconsistency, provided we understand, as following ver. 17 and preceding ver. 18, the fact that the priests had engaged in the penitence enjoined, and offered the supplication to which they had been summoned; neither is the omission of any express mention of the circumstance thus supposed to intervene between these verses any valid objection, especially as the grammar favours the view in question. Then follows a manifestation of God's mercy in answer to the assumed penitence and prayer of his servants. God's jealousy and pity are both engaged - his jealousy for his land, and his compassion for his people. His jealousy is figurative, and the allusion is probably to that of a husband who is jealous on account of any dishonour done to his wife, and who resents it more keenly than a dishonour offered to himself. The pity is such as God ever manifests to his people when penitent; for "Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him." Then will the Lord be jealous for his land,.... Or "zealous" for it; for the honour of it, and the good of its inhabitants, and for the glory of his own name, it being the chief place in the world for his worship and service; and his indignation will be moved against those who have brought desolation on it:

and pity his people; as a father his children, who had suffered much, and had been reduced to great distress by the locusts, or by their enemies: this the prophet foretells would be done upon their repentance, fasting, prayers, and tears; or, as some think, this is a narrative of what had been done, and the prophet was a witness of; that the people meeting together with their princess and priests, and humbling themselves before the Lord, and crying to him, he expressed a zeal and compassion for them, and delivered them out of their troubles; for though their humiliation is not expressed, it may be understood and supposed, as doubtless, it was fact. 18. Then—when God sees His people penitent.

be jealous for his land—as a husband jealous of any dishonor done to the wife whom he loves, as if done to himself. The Hebrew comes from an Arabic root, "to be flushed in face" through indignation.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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