Joel 2:30
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New International Version
I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke.

New Living Translation
And I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth--blood and fire and columns of smoke.

English Standard Version
“And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke.

New American Standard Bible
"I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, Blood, fire and columns of smoke.

King James Bible
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will display wonders in the heavens and on the earth: blood, fire, and columns of smoke.

International Standard Version
I will display warnings in the heavens, and on the earth blood, fire, and columns of smoke.

NET Bible
I will produce portents both in the sky and on the earth--blood, fire, and columns of smoke.

New Heart English Bible
And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood, fire, and pillars of smoke.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will work miracles in the sky and on the earth: blood, fire, and clouds of smoke.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, Blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

New American Standard 1977
“And I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth,
            Blood, fire, and columns of smoke.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I will show wonders in the heaven and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

King James 2000 Bible
And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

American King James Version
And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

American Standard Version
And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I will shew wonders in heaven; and in earth, blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke.

Darby Bible Translation
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

English Revised Version
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

World English Bible
I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood, fire, and pillars of smoke.

Young's Literal Translation
And I have given wonders in the heavens, and in the earth, Blood and fire, and columns of smoke.
Study Bible
I will Pour Out My Spirit
29"Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. 30"I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, Blood, fire and columns of smoke. 31"The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.…
Cross References
Matthew 24:29
Immediately after the tribulation of those days: 'The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.'

Mark 13:24
However, after the tribulation of those days, 'The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,

Mark 13:25
the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.'

Luke 21:11
There will be great earthquakes, famines, and pestilences in various places, along with fearful sights and great signs from heaven.

Luke 21:25
There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among the nations, bewildered by the roaring of the sea and the surging of the waves.

Acts 2:19
I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and clouds of smoke.

Revelation 8:7
Then the first angel sounded his trumpet, and hail and fire mixed with blood were flung to the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, along with a third of the trees and all the green grass.

Song of Solomon 3:6
"What is this coming up from the wilderness Like columns of smoke, Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, With all scented powders of the merchant?

Jeremiah 4:28
"For this the earth shall mourn And the heavens above be dark, Because I have spoken, I have purposed, And I will not change My mind, nor will I turn from it."

Zechariah 14:6
In that day there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle.
Treasury of Scripture

And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

I will.

Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be …

Mark 13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, …

Luke 21:11,25,26 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences…

Acts 2:19,20 And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; …

Revelation 6:12-17 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, see, there was …

pillars.

Genesis 19:28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land …

Joshua 8:20 And when the men of Ai looked behind them, they saw, and, behold, …

Judges 20:38,40 Now there was an appointed sign between the men of Israel and the …

Songs 3:6 Who is this that comes out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, …

Revelation 18:9,18 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived …

(30, 31) The sun . . . and the moon.--These words, recalling some of the portents in the ancient history of the Jews (especially as instanced in some of the plagues of Egypt) are taken up by our Lord Himself, as ushering in the great day of judgment; and they are echoed again by St. John in the vision of the opening of the sixth seal: "For the great day of His wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?" (Comp. Joel 2:11 of this chapter.) The sun and moon, &c., may include the luminaries in heaven and the potentates on earth.

Verse 30. - And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. Along with the wonderful distribution of gifts and graces at the Day of Pentecost, attention is directed to portents of destructive visitation; after a dispensation of mercy follows a dispensation of wrath; mercy and judgment thus succeed each other in the providence of God. The visitation of mercy may, by way of contrast, suggest that of judgment; or the connection of this and the following verses with the preceding may be the plague of the locusts, the mind passing on from that visitation to the visitation at the destruction of Jerusalem, as also to that which shall take place at the judgment of the last day. Our Lord, in the twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew, seems to mingle the portents which were to precede the destruction of Jerusalem with those that shall usher in the judgment-day. There may Be some doubt whether the expressions before us are to Be understood literally or figuratively. In either case coming events were casting their shadows before; and the appearances enumerated, whether taken in a literal or figurative sense, were symbolical of great revolutionary changes. The expressions themselves reflect the miracles of Egypt. Of the wonders on earth which the prophet first mentions, the blood brings to mind the changing of the Nile-water into blood; the fire reminds us of the fire that ran along upon the ground, mingled with the hail; while the smoke carries back our thoughts to the wonderful events of the wilderness and of the encampment at Sinai, when, as Jehovah descended upon the mount, "Mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace." And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth,.... This, and what follow, refer to the prodigies seen in the air, and done in the earth, a little before the destruction of Jerusalem (r); when in the air were seen comets and blazing stars, particularly one in the form of a sword, hanging over Jerusalem, and appearances of armies engaged in battle; and, on the earth, a flame was seen in the temple, and a voice heard in it, saying, let us go hence; the doors of it opened of themselves; an idiot went about, crying woe to the people, woe to the city, &c.

blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke; "blood" may design the great slaughter of then by the Roman army in the land of Judea, and by murders committed among themselves in the city of Jerusalem, which were very horrible, and of great numbers; "fire", the burning of towns and cities; though Kimchi interprets it of lightnings in the heavens; and "pillars of smoke", rising up in straightness and height like palm trees, as the word (s) signifies, vast quantities of it arising from cities and towns burnt. Gussetius (t) interprets this of the burning of the martyrs in the first ages of Christianity, and of their spiritual affections, which ascended upwards to God, and were grateful to him; see Sol 3:6.

(r) Vid. Joseph. De Bello Jud. l. 6. c. 5. sect. 3.((s) "palmas fumi", Piscator, Cocceius. (t) Ebr. Comment. p. 947. 30, 31. As Messiah's manifestation is full of joy to believers, so it has an aspect of wrath to unbelievers, which is represented here. Thus when the Jews received Him not in His coming of grace, He came in judgment on Jerusalem. Physical prodigies, massacres, and conflagrations preceded its destruction [Josephus, Wars of the Jews]. To these the language here may allude; but the figures chiefly symbolize political revolutions and changes in the ruling powers of the world, prognosticated by previous disasters (Am 8:9; Mt 24:29; Lu 21:25-27), and convulsions such as preceded the overthrow of the Jewish polity. Such shall probably occur in a more appalling degree before the final destruction of the ungodly world ("the great and terrible day of Jehovah," compare Mal 4:5), of which Jerusalem's overthrow is the type and earnest.2:28-32 The promise began to be fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out, and it was continued in the converting grace and miraculous gifts conferred on both Jews and Gentiles. The judgments of God upon a sinful world, only go before the judgment of the world in the last day. Calling on God supposes knowledge of him, faith in him, desire toward him, dependence on him, and, as evidence of the sincerity of all this, conscientious obedience to him. Those only shall be delivered in the great day, who are now effectually called from sin to God, from self to Christ, from things below to things above.
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