Joel 2:23
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New International Version
Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.

New Living Translation
Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the LORD your God! For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring.

English Standard Version
“Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given the early rain for your vindication; he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before.

New American Standard Bible
So rejoice, O sons of Zion, And be glad in the LORD your God; For He has given you the early rain for your vindication. And He has poured down for you the rain, The early and latter rain as before.

King James Bible
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Children of Zion, rejoice and be glad in the LORD your God, because He gives you the autumn rain for your vindication. He sends showers for you, both autumn and spring rain as before.

International Standard Version
And so be glad, children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God, because he has given you the right amount of early rain, and he will cause the rain to fall for you, both the early rain and the later rain as before.

NET Bible
Citizens of Zion, rejoice! Be glad because of what the LORD your God has done! For he has given to you the early rains as vindication. He has sent to you the rains--both the early and the late rains as formerly.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People of Zion, be glad and find joy in the LORD your God. The LORD has given you the Teacher of Righteousness. He has sent the autumn rain and the spring rain as before.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice In the LORD your God; For He giveth you the former rain in just measure, And He causeth to come down for you the rain, The former rain and the latter rain, at the first.

New American Standard 1977
So rejoice, O sons of Zion,
            And be glad in the LORD your God;
            For He has given you the early rain for your vindication.
            And He has poured down for you the rain,
            The early and latter rain as before.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye also, sons of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the LORD your God for he has given you the former rain according to righteousness, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain as in the beginning.

King James 2000 Bible
Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he has given you the former rain faithfully, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

American King James Version
Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he has given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

American Standard Version
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in Jehovah your God; for he giveth you the former rain in just measure, and he causeth to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, in the first month .

Douay-Rheims Bible
And you, O children of Sion, rejoice, and be joyful in the Lord your God: because he hath given you a teacher of justice, and he will make the early and the latter rain to come down to you as in the beginning.

Darby Bible Translation
And ye, children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in Jehovah your God; for he giveth you the early rain in due measure, and he causeth to come down for you the rain, the early rain, and the latter rain at the beginning [of the season].

English Revised Version
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he giveth you the former rain in just measure, and he causeth to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, in the first month.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

World English Bible
"Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in Yahweh, your God; for he gives you the former rain in just measure, and he causes the rain to come down for you, the former rain and the latter rain, as before.

Young's Literal Translation
And ye sons of Zion, joy and rejoice, In Jehovah your God, For He hath given to you the Teacher for righteousness, And causeth to come down to you a shower, Sprinkling and gathered -- in the beginning.
Study Bible
Restoration Promised
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. 23So rejoice, O sons of Zion, And be glad in the LORD your God; For He has given you the early rain for your vindication. And He has poured down for you the rain, The early and latter rain as before. 24The threshing floors will be full of grain, And the vats will overflow with the new wine and oil.…
Word Study

Be glad
giyl  (gheel)
to spin round (under the influence of any violent emotion), i.e. usually rejoice, or (as cringing) fear -- be glad, joy, be joyful, rejoice.

then ye children
ben  (bane)
a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc.

of Zion
Tsiyown  (tsee-yone')
Tsijon (as a permanent capital), a mountain of Jerusalem -- Zion.

and rejoice
samach  (saw-makh')
probably to brighten up, i.e. (figuratively) be (causatively, make) blithe or gleesome

in the LORD
Yhovah  (yeh-ho-vaw')
(the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God -- Jehovah, the Lord.

your God
'elohiym  (el-o-heem')
angels, exceeding, God (gods)(-dess, -ly), (very) great, judges, mighty.

for he hath given
nathan  (naw-than')
to give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.)

you the former rain
mowreh  (mo-reh')
an archer; also teacher or teaching; also the early rain -- (early) rain.

moderately
tsdaqah  (tsed-aw-kaw')
rightness (abstractly), subjectively (rectitude), objectively (justice), morally (virtue) or figuratively (prosperity) -- justice, moderately, right(-eous) (act, -ly, -ness).

and he will cause to come down
yarad  (yaw-rad')
to descend; causatively, to bring down (in all the above applications)

for you the rain
geshem  (gheh'-shem)
a shower -- rain, shower.

the former rain
mowreh  (mo-reh')
an archer; also teacher or teaching; also the early rain -- (early) rain.

and the latter rain
malqowsh  (mal-koshe')
the spring rain; figuratively, eloquence -- latter rain.

in the first
ri'shown  (ree-shone')
first, in place, time or rank (as adjective or noun) -- ancestor, (that were) before(-time), beginning, eldest, first, fore(-father) (-most), former (thing), of old time, past.

Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Cross References
Acts 14:17
Yet He has not left Himself without testimony to His goodness: He gives you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness."

James 5:7
Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer anticipates the precious fruit of the soil as he patiently awaits the fall and spring rains.

Leviticus 26:4
then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit.

Deuteronomy 11:14
that He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil.

Psalm 84:6
Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings.

Psalm 149:2
Let Israel be glad in his Maker; Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King.

Isaiah 12:2
"Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation."

Isaiah 41:16
"You will winnow them, and the wind will carry them away, And the storm will scatter them; But you will rejoice in the LORD, You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.

Jeremiah 5:24
'They do not say in their heart, "Let us now fear the LORD our God, Who gives rain in its season, Both the autumn rain and the spring rain, Who keeps for us The appointed weeks of the harvest."

Hosea 6:3
"So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth."
Treasury of Scripture

Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he has given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

ye children.

Psalm 149:2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion …

Lamentations 4:2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they …

Zechariah 9:13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised …

Galatians 4:26,27 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all…

rejoice.

Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and …

Psalm 32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, you righteous: and shout for joy, …

Psalm 33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.

Psalm 95:1-3 O come, let us sing to the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the …

Psalm 104:34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

Isaiah 12:2-6 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for …

Isaiah 41:16 You shall fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind …

Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my …

Habakkuk 3:17,18 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in …

Zephaniah 3:14-17 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with …

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

Zechariah 10:7 And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall …

Luke 1:46,47 And Mary said, My soul does magnify the Lord…

Philippians 3:1,3 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things …

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

the former, etc. or, a teacher of righteousness.

Joel 2:28,29 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit …

Deuteronomy 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the …

Job 33:23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, …

Psalm 72:6,7 He shall come down like rain on the mown grass: as showers that water …

Isaiah 30:21,23 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, …

Ephesians 4:8-11 Why he said, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, …

moderately. Heb. according to righteousness. he will.

Leviticus 26:4 Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield …

Deuteronomy 11:14 That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the …

Deuteronomy 28:12 The LORD shall open to you his good treasure, the heaven to give …

Proverbs 16:15 In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favor is …

Jeremiah 3:3 Therefore the showers have been withheld, and there has been no latter …

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth …

Zechariah 10:1 Ask you of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD …

James 5:7,8 Be patient therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, …

in.

Amos 4:7 And also I have withheld the rain from you, when there were yet three …

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