Joel 2:21
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New International Version
Do not be afraid, land of Judah; be glad and rejoice. Surely the LORD has done great things!

New Living Translation
Don't be afraid, my people. Be glad now and rejoice, for the LORD has done great things.

English Standard Version
“Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the LORD has done great things!

New American Standard Bible
Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad, For the LORD has done great things.

King James Bible
Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't be afraid, land; rejoice and be glad, for the LORD has done great things.

International Standard Version
"Stop being afraid, land! Rejoice and be glad, because the LORD will do great things.

NET Bible
Do not fear, my land! Rejoice and be glad, because the LORD has accomplished great things!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Land, do not be afraid. Be glad and rejoice. The LORD has done great things!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD has done great things.

King James 2000 Bible
Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.

American King James Version
Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.

American Standard Version
Fear not, O land, be glad and rejoice; for Jehovah hath done great things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Fear not, O land, be glad and rejoice: for the Lord hath done great things.

Darby Bible Translation
-- Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for Jehovah doeth great things.

English Revised Version
Fear not, O land, be glad and rejoice; for the LORD hath done great things.

Webster's Bible Translation
Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.

World English Bible
Land, don't be afraid. Be glad and rejoice, for Yahweh has done great things.

Young's Literal Translation
Do not fear, O land! joy and rejoice, For Jehovah hath exerted Himself to work.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 21-23. - In these verses the land and beasts and men are addressed respectively. Thus the promise is fully developed. In ver. 21 the prophet summons the earth; in ver. 22 the beasts of the field; and in ver. 23 the sons of Zion; all are called to joy and gladness on account of the great deliverance from destruction which the Lord had wrought for them. They are all called on to rejoice in the great deliverance; the land, personified, is summoned to exult and rejoice for the great things God now promises to do or is doing to it. If the locusts had done great things in destruction, God will do great things in deliverance. The beasts are also personified, and forbidden to be afraid; for whereas they had groaned and cried for want of herbage when the pastures were burnt up, those pastures are now beginning to spring, and the fruit trees yield their strength. The children of Zion are invited to rejoice, not only in the delivered land, or springing pastures, or fruitful figs, or blooming vines, or other trees however useful or ornamental; but, as became them with their superior intelligence, in the Lord their God, as the Father of mercies and the Giver of every good and perfect gift, whether temporal or spiritual. At the same time, their temporal wants would be attended to, and their land fertilized by the suitable and sustaining shower. The prophet individualizes the earth, the beasts of the field, and the sons of Zion. Verse 21. - Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things. The land had suffered severely from the drought connected with the locusts; but is now summoned to joy and gladness. The prophet assigns for this an appropriate reason: the locusts had done great things in damaging it; Jehovah now does great things in their destruction. When the earth clothes itself with verdure, and brings forth its fruits and flowers and various products, it is said, by a bold but beautiful personification, to rejoice and even exult. Thus the Latins said in like manner, Rident arva, ridet ager. Things are now reversed. Instead of mourning, is exultation; instead of mourning and its visible emblem in girding with sadness, there is joy and gladness; instead of the day of the Lord: very great and terrible or fearful, is "Fear not." Se-machi is fem. imper. Qal in pause for the ordinary simchi.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Fear not, O land,.... O land of Israel, as the Targum, and the inhabitants of it; neither of the locusts, who had so terrified them, and had done so much mischief, and threatened more; nor of their enemies, the Assyrians or Chaldeans, and their powerful armies, or any other; but, on the contrary,

be glad, and rejoice; at the removal of the locusts, and at the destruction of their enemies:

for the Lord will do great things; good things, in opposition to the evil things done by the locusts, as Aben Ezra, Kimchi, and Ben Melech observe; or by the destroying army of the king of Assyria, by delivering the Jews out of the Babylonish captivity; and in the times of the Maccabees, and especially in the times of Christ, which are quickly prophesied of in this chapter; and which prophecies some interpreters begin here, it not being unusual for the prophets to pass directly from things temporal to things spiritual, and especially to the great deliverance and salvation by Christ, and also by temporal blessings to design spiritual ones.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21-23. In an ascending gradation, the land destroyed by the enemy, the beasts of the field, and the children of Zion, the land's inhabitants, are addressed, the former two by personification.

Lord will do great things—In contrast to the "great things" done by the haughty foe (Joe 2:20) to the hurt of Judah stand the "great things" to be done by Jehovah for her benefit (compare Ps 126:2, 3).

Joel 2:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Restoration Promised
20"But I will remove the northern army far from you, And I will drive it into a parched and desolate land, And its vanguard into the eastern sea, And its rear guard into the western sea. And its stench will arise and its foul smell will come up, For it has done great things." 21Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad, For the LORD has done great things. 22Do not fear, beasts of the field, For the pastures of the wilderness have turned green, For the tree has borne its fruit, The fig tree and the vine have yielded in full.…
Cross References
Psalm 126:3
The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.

Isaiah 54:4
"Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.

Jeremiah 30:10
"'So do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel,' declares the LORD. 'I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid.

Joel 2:26
You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.

Zephaniah 3:16
On that day they will say to Jerusalem, "Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.

Zephaniah 3:17
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing."
Treasury of Scripture

Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.

Fear.

Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, …

Isaiah 41:10 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

Isaiah 54:4 Fear not; for you shall not be ashamed: neither be you confounded; …

Jeremiah 30:9,10 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom …

Zephaniah 3:16,17 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear you not: and to Zion, …

Zechariah 8:15 So again have I thought in these days to do well to Jerusalem and …

be glad.

Psalm 65:12,13 They drop on the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills …

Psalm 96:11,12 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, …

Psalm 98:8 Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together

Isaiah 35:1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and …

Isaiah 44:23 Sing, O you heavens; for the LORD has done it: shout, you lower parts …

Isaiah 55:12 For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains …

Hosea 2:21 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, said the LORD, …

for.

Joel 2:20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive …

Deuteronomy 4:32 For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since …

1 Samuel 12:16,24 Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will …

Psalm 71:19 Your righteousness also, O God, is very high, who have done great …

Psalm 126:1-3 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them …

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty …

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