Joel 2:6

6 At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale.

Read Joel 2:6 Using Other Translations

Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.
Before them peoples are in anguish; all faces grow pale.
Fear grips all the people; every face grows pale with terror.

What does Joel 2:6 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Joel 2:6

Before their face the people shall be much pained
Or, "at their presence"; at the sight of them they shall be in pain, as a woman in travail; into such distress an army of locusts would throw them, since they might justly fear all the fruits of the earth would be devoured by them, and they should have nothing left to live upon; and a like consternation and pain the army of the Assyrians or Chaldeans upon sight filled them with, as they expected nothing but ruin and destruction from them: all faces shall gather blackness;
like that of a pot, as the word F13 signifies; or such as appears in persons dying, or in fits and swoons; and this here, through fear and hunger; see ( Nahum 2:10 ) ( Lamentations 4:8 ) ( 5:10 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F13 (rwrap) "fuliginem", Montanus; "luridum ollae colorem", Tigurine version, Tarnovius; "ollam pro nigore ollae", Drusius.
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