Joel 3:10
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New International Version
Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, "I am strong!"

New Living Translation
Hammer your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Train even your weaklings to be warriors.

English Standard Version
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, “I am a warrior.”

New American Standard Bible
Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, "I am a mighty man."

King James Bible
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Beat your plows into swords and your pruning knives into spears. Let even the weakling say, "I am a warrior."

International Standard Version
Beat your plow blades into swords, and your pruning knives into spears! Let the frail say, "I am strong!"

NET Bible
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears! Let the weak say, 'I too am a warrior!'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Hammer your plowblades into swords and your pruning shears into spears. Weaklings should say that they are warriors.

Jubilee Bible 2000
beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears; let the weak say, I am strong.

King James 2000 Bible
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

American King James Version
Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

American Standard Version
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Cut your ploughshares into swords, and your spades into spears. Let the weak say: I am strong.

Darby Bible Translation
Beat your ploughshares into swords, and your pruning-knives into spears; let the weak say, I am strong.

English Revised Version
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

Webster's Bible Translation
Beat your plow-shares into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

World English Bible
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weak say, 'I am strong.'

Young's Literal Translation
Beat your ploughshares to swords, And your pruning-hooks to javelins, Let the weak say, 'I am mighty.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:9-17 Here is a challenge to all the enemies of God's people. There is no escaping God's judgments; hardened sinners, in that day of wrath, shall be cut off from all comfort and joy. Most of the prophets foretell the same final victory of the church of God over all that oppose it. To the wicked it will be a terrible day, but to the righteous it will be a joyful day. What cause have those who possess an interest in Christ, to glory in their Strength and their Redeemer! The acceptable year of the Lord, a day of such great favour to some, will be a day of remarkable vengeance to others: let every one that is out of Christ awake, and flee from the wrath to come.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - Beat your ploughshares into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears. The weapons of war are to be provided; and the speediest way in which the manufacture of those weapons could be effected was by turning their implements of husbandry into them. The figure may, perhaps, have been suggested by the interest King Uzziah took in, and the encouragement he consequently gave to, husbandry and vine-culture, if we may presume Joel to have been in part contemporary with that king, of whom we are informed that "he had much cattle, both in the low country, and in the plains: husbandmen also, and vinedressers in the mountains, and in Carmel: for he loved husbandry." It is also a familiar fact that Isaiah and Micah reverse the expression in their description of Messianic times; while well-known parallels are quoted from the Latin classics. Let the weak say, I am strong; or, a hero. The approaching war was to be one in which no release, no excuse, and no exemption from any cause would be allowed, nay, the excitement of the occasion should warm the cold blood of the weakling into some degree of warlike enthusiasm. The address, it will be observed, of the previous verse is to the heroic chiefs; that of this verse, to the rank-and-file of the army.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Beat your ploughshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears,.... Let not only soldiers, and such as have been trained up in military discipline, appear in the field on this occasion; but let husbandmen and vinedressers leave their fields and vineyards, and turn their instruments of husbandry and vinedressing into weapons of war; let them not plead want of armour, but convert these to such uses: on the contrary, when this battle will be over, swords shall be beaten into ploughshares, and spears into pruning hooks, Isaiah 2:4;

let the weak say, I am strong; such as are weak, through sickness, or old age, let them not plead their weakness to excuse them from engaging in this war; but let them make the best of themselves, and say they are strong and healthy, and fit for it, and enter in it with all courage and bravery: this is said either ironically to the enemies of God's people, suggesting that all hands would be wanted, and should be employed, weak and strong, and all little enough; when they had made the utmost effort they could, it would be in vain: or else they are seriously spoken to the people of God, that none of them should excuse themselves, or be discouraged because of their weakness from engaging in this last and more battle; but take heart, and be of good courage, and quit themselves like men, and be strong, since they might be sure of victory beforehand. The Apostle Paul refers to this text in 2 Corinthians 12:10; and applies it to spiritual weakness and strength; and indeed the weakest believer, that is so in faith and knowledge, may say he is strong, in comparison of what he once was, and others are; strong, not in himself, but in Christ, and the power of his might, and in the grace that is in him; nor should he excuse himself from fighting the Lord's battles, against sin, Satan, and the world, and false teachers; or from doing the Lord's work, any service he calls him to; or from bearing the cross he lays on him on account of his weakness; nor should he: be discouraged by it from those things; but let him strengthen himself, as Aben Ezra interprets it, take heart, and be of good courage.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. Beat your ploughshares into swords—As the foes are desired to "beat their ploughshares into swords, and their pruning hooks into spears," that so they may perish in their unhallowed attack on Judah and Jerusalem, so these latter, and the nations converted to God by them, after the overthrow of the antichristian confederacy, shall, on the contrary, "beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks," when under Messiah's coming reign there shall be war no more (Isa 2:4; Ho 2:18; Mic 4:3).

let the weak say, I am strong—So universal shall be the rage of Israel's foes for invading her, that even the weak among them will fancy themselves strong enough to join the invading forces. Age and infirmity were ordinarily made valid excuses for exemption from service, but so mad shall be the fury of the world against God's people, that even the feeble will not desire to be exempted (compare Ps 2:1-3).

Joel 3:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord Judges the Nations
9Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare a war; rouse the mighty men! Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up! 10Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, "I am a mighty man." 11Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, And gather yourselves there. Bring down, O LORD, Your mighty ones.…
Cross References
Isaiah 2:4
He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.

Jeremiah 51:11
"Sharpen the arrows, take up the shields! The LORD has stirred up the kings of the Medes, because his purpose is to destroy Babylon. The LORD will take vengeance, vengeance for his temple.

Micah 4:3
He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.

Zechariah 12:8
On that day the LORD will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the LORD going before them.
Treasury of Scripture

Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

your plowshares.

Isaiah 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: …

Micah 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar …

Luke 22:36 Then said he to them, But now, he that has a purse, let him take …

pruninghooks. or, scythes. let.

2 Chronicles 25:8 But if you will go, do it; be strong for the battle: God shall make …

Zechariah 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and …

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