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.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will work miracles in the sky and on the earth: blood, fire, and clouds 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.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

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."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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.

Joel 2:30 Additional Commentaries
Context
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 distress 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 heavenly bodies will be shaken.'

Mark 13:24
"But in those days, following that distress, "'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 heavenly bodies will be shaken.'

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

Luke 21:25
"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.

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

Revelation 8:7
The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

Song of Solomon 3:6
Who is this coming up from the wilderness like a column of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and incense made from all the spices of the merchant?

Jeremiah 4:28
Therefore the earth will mourn and the heavens above grow dark, because I have spoken and will not relent, I have decided and will not turn back."

Zechariah 14:6
On that day there will be neither sunlight nor cold, frosty darkness.
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And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

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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 …

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