New Living Translation
Weep like a bride dressed in black, mourning the death of her husband.
King James Bible
Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.
Darby Bible Translation
Wail like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.
World English Bible
Mourn like a virgin dressed in sackcloth for the husband of her youth!
Young's Literal Translation
Wail, as a virgin girdeth with sackcloth, For the husband of her youth.
Joel 1:8 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
1:8 The husband of her youth - Espoused to her, but snatched away by an untimely death.
LibraryThe Unseen Watcher
[This chapter is based on Daniel 5.] Toward the close of Daniel's life great changes were taking place in the land to which, over threescore years before, he and his Hebrew companions had been carried captive. Nebuchadnezzar, "the terrible of the nations" (Ezekiel 28:7), had died, and Babylon, "the praise of the whole earth" (Jeremiah 51:41), had passed under the unwise rule of his successors, and gradual but sure dissolution was resulting. Through the folly and weakness of Belshazzar, the grandson …
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings
At that time the Lord, the LORD of Heaven's Armies, called you to weep and mourn. He told you to shave your heads in sorrow for your sins and to wear clothes of burlap to show your remorse.
The roads to Jerusalem are in mourning, for crowds no longer come to celebrate the festivals. The city gates are silent, her priests groan, her young women are crying--how bitter is her fate!
Dress yourselves in burlap and weep, you priests! Wail, you who serve before the altar! Come, spend the night in burlap, you ministers of my God. For there is no grain or wine to offer at the Temple of your God.
I will turn your celebrations into times of mourning and your singing into weeping. You will wear funeral clothes and shave your heads to show your sorrow--as if your only son had died. How very bitter that day will be!
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