Joel 2:18

The LORD’s Answer

18 Then the LORD was jealous for his land and took pity on his people.

Read Joel 2:18 Using Other Translations

Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
Then the LORD became jealous for his land and had pity on his people.
Then the LORD will pity his people and jealously guard the honor of his land.

What does Joel 2:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Joel 2:18

Then will the Lord be jealous for his land
Or "zealous" for it; for the honour of it, and the good of its inhabitants, and for the glory of his own name, it being the chief place in the world for his worship and service; and his indignation will be moved against those who have brought desolation on it: and pity his people;
as a father his children, who had suffered much, and had been reduced to great distress by the locusts, or by their enemies: this the prophet foretells would be done upon their repentance, fasting, prayers, and tears; or, as some think, this is a narrative of what had been done, and the prophet was a witness of; that the people meeting together with their princess and priests, and humbling themselves before the Lord, and crying to him, he expressed a zeal and compassion for them, and delivered them out of their troubles; for though their humiliation is not expressed, it may be understood and supposed, as doubtless, it was fact.

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