Joel 1:16
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English Standard Version
Is not the food cut off before our eyes, joy and gladness from the house of our God?

King James Bible
Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God?

American Standard Version
Is not the food cut off before our eyes, yea , joy and gladness from the house of our God?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Is not your food cut off before your eyes, joy and gladness from the house of our God?

English Revised Version
Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God?

Webster's Bible Translation
Is not the food cut off before our eyes, and joy and gladness from the house of our God?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Israel, moreover, will not be able to avert the threatening judgment by sacrifices. Jehovah will withdraw from the faithless generation, and visit it with His judgments. This is the train of thought in the next strophe (Hosea 5:6-10). Hosea 5:6. "They will go with their sheep and their oxen to seek Jehovah, and will not find Him: He has withdrawn Himself from them. Hosea 5:7. They acted treacherously against Jehovah, for they have born strange children: now will the new moon devour them with their fields." The offering of sacrifices will be no help to them, because God has withdrawn Himself from them, and does not hear their prayers; for God has no pleasure in sacrifices which are offered in an impenitent state of mind (cf. Hosea 6:6; Isaiah 1:11.; Jeremiah 7:21.; Psalm 50:7, Psalm 50:8.). The reason for this is given in Hosea 5:7. Bâgad, to act faithlessly, which is frequently applied to the infidelity of a wife towards her husband (e.g., Jeremiah 3:20; Malachi 2:14; cf. Exodus 21:8), points to the conjugal relation in which Israel stood to Jehovah. Hence the figure which follows. "Strange children" are such as do not belong to the home (Deuteronomy 25:5), i.e., such as have not sprung from the conjugal union. In actual fact, the expression is equivalent to בּני זנוּנים in Hosea 1:2; Hosea 2:4, though zâr does not expressly mean "adulterous." Israel ought to have begotten children of God in the maintenance of the covenant with the Lord; but in its apostasy from God it had begotten an adulterous generation, children whom the Lord could not acknowledge as His own. "The new moon will devour them," viz., those who act so faithlessly. the meaning is not, "they will be destroyed on the next new moon;" but the new moon, as the festal season, on which sacrifices were offered (1 Samuel 20:6, 1 Samuel 20:29; Isaiah 1:13-14), stands here for the sacrifices themselves that were offered upon it. The meaning is this: your sacrificial feast, your hypocritical worship, so far from bringing you salvation, will rather prove your sin. חלקיהם are not sacrificial portions, but the hereditary portions of Israel, the portions of land that fell to the different families and households, and from the produce of which they offered sacrifices to the Lord.

(Note: It is very evident from this verse, that the feasts and the worship prescribed in the Mosaic law were observed in the kingdom of the ten tribes, at the places of worship in Bethel and Dan.)

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the meat.

Joel 1:5-9,13 Awake, you drunkards, and weep; and howl, all you drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth...

Amos 4:6,7 And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have you not returned to me...

joy.

Deuteronomy 12:6,7,11,12 And thither you shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows...

Deuteronomy 16:10-15 And you shall keep the feast of weeks to the LORD your God with a tribute of a freewill offering of your hand...

Psalm 43:4 Then will I go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy: yes, on the harp will I praise you, O God my God.

Psalm 105:3 Glory you in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.

Isaiah 62:8,9 The LORD has sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give your corn to be meat for your enemies...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 12:7
And there you shall eat before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the LORD your God has blessed you.

Psalm 43:4
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

Psalm 51:8
Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.

Isaiah 3:7
in that day he will speak out, saying: "I will not be a healer; in my house there is neither bread nor cloak; you shall not make me leader of the people."

Amos 4:6
"I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and lack of bread in all your places, yet you did not return to me," declares the LORD.

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