Joel 3:15
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New International Version
The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine.

New Living Translation
The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will no longer shine.

English Standard Version
The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining.

New American Standard Bible
The sun and moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness.

King James Bible
The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will cease their shining.

International Standard Version
The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will stop shining.

NET Bible
The sun and moon are darkened; the stars withhold their brightness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The sun and the moon will turn dark. The stars will no longer shine.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

King James 2000 Bible
The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

American King James Version
The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

American Standard Version
The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars have withdrawn their shining.

Darby Bible Translation
The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

English Revised Version
The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining.

Webster's Bible Translation
The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

World English Bible
The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining.

Young's Literal Translation
Sun and moon have been black, And stars have gathered up their shining.
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

Verses 15-17. - These verses picture the accompaniments of the judgment, yet not the judgment itself. Verse 15. - The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The densely packed masses are already in the valley of decision, awaiting the judgment about to be executed upon them. But before the judgment actually bursts upon them, and in preparation for it, the sky is overcast; darkness, as a portent of the approaching storm, envelops them; the lights of heaven are put out. The pitchy darkness of a night in which neither moon nor stars appear is sufficiently dismal and awful; still more terrible, if possible, is darkness in the daytime, when the light of the sun is turned into blackness. The first accompaniment of the storm is addressed to the eye, and consists in the extinguishing of the greater light which rules the day, and the lesser lights which rule the night. The next accompaniment of the coming tempest is addressed to the ear, and consists in the voice of the Lord rolling in terrific peals along the heavens - the voice of the Lord like the roaring of a lion ready to pounce upon its prey: the utterance of the Divine voice when the God of glory thundereth. The third accompaniment is yet more awe-inspiring., consisting in a convulsion that pervades both earth and sky; the whole frame of nature shakes; the earthquake's shock, so frightful to bird and beast and man, has a corresponding agitation in the heavens.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The sun and moon shall be darkened,.... Both the politic and ecclesiastic state of antichrist shall be ruined and destroyed; it shall "fare" with Rome Papal as it did with Rome Pagan, at the time of its dissolution; see Revelation 6:12;

and the stars shall withdraw their shining: antichristian princes and nobles in the civil state, and the clergy of all ranks in the church state, shall lose their glory.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. (See on [1136]Joe 2:10; [1137]Joe 2:30).

Joel 3:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord Judges the Nations
14Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. 15The sun and moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness. 16The LORD roars from Zion And utters His voice from Jerusalem, And the heavens and the earth tremble. But the LORD is a refuge for His people And a stronghold to the sons of Israel.
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;

Revelation 6:12
I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red,

Revelation 8:12
The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.

Ecclesiastes 12:2
before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain;

Ezekiel 32:7
When I snuff you out, I will cover the heavens and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon will not give its light.

Joel 2:10
Before them the earth shakes, the heavens tremble, the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars no longer shine.

Joel 2:31
The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

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Revelation 6:12,13 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, see, there was …

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