Joel 1:15

15 Alas for that day! For the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.a

Read Joel 1:15 Using Other Translations

Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is near, and as destruction from the Almighty it comes.
The day of the LORD is near, the day when destruction comes from the Almighty. How terrible that day will be!

What does Joel 1:15 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Joel 1:15

Alas for the day! for the day of the Lord [is] at hand
A time of severer and heavier judgments than these of the locusts, caterpillars which were a presage and emblem of greater ones, even of the total destruction of their city, temple, and nation, either by the Chaldeans, or by the Romans, or both: and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come;
unawares, suddenly, and irresistibly: there is in the Hebrew text an elegant play on words, which may be rendered, as "wasting from the waster", or "destruction from the destroyer, shall it come" F24; even from the almighty God, who is able to save and destroy, and none can deliver out of his hands; see ( Isaiah 13:6 ) ; the word signifies one powerful and victorious, as Aben Ezra observes; and so it does in the Arabic language.


FOOTNOTES:

F24 (ydvm dvk) "uti vastitas a Deo vastatore", Drusius.
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