Joel 2:25-32

25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten— the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm[a] — my great army that I sent among you.
26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.
27 Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the LORD your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.

The Day of the LORD

28 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
30 I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
32 And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, even among the survivors whom the LORD calls.[b]

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Joel 2:25 in Other Translations

KJV
25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
ESV
25 I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you.
NLT
25 The LORD says, “I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you.
MSG
25 "I'll make up for the years of the locust, the great locust devastation - Locusts savage, locusts deadly, fierce locusts, locusts of doom, That great locust invasion I sent your way.
CSB
25 I will repay you for the years that the swarming locust ate, the young locust, the destroying locust, and the devouring locust- My great army that I sent against you.

Joel 2:25-32 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO JOEL 2

In this chapter a further account is given of the judgment of the locusts and caterpillars, or of those who are designed by them, Joe 2:1-11; the people of the Jews are called to repentance, humiliation, and fasting, urged from the grace and goodness of God, his jealousy and pity for his people, and the answer of prayer that might he expected from him upon this, even to the removal of the calamity, Joe 2:12-20; a prophecy of good things, both temporal and spiritual, in the times of the Messiah, is delivered out as matter and occasion of great joy, Joe 2:21-27; and another concerning the effusion of the Spirit, which was fulfilled an the day of Pentecost, Joe 2:28-29; and the chapter is concluded with the judgments and desolations that should come upon the land of Judea after this, for their rejection of Christ, though the remnant according to the election of grace should be delivered and saved from the general destruction, Joe 2:30-32.

Joel 2:25-32 In-Context

23 Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.
24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.
25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten— the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm — my great army that I sent among you.
26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.
27 Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the LORD your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.
28 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
30 I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
32 And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, even among the survivors whom the LORD calls.

Cross References 26

  • 1. S Exodus 10:14; Amos 4:9
  • 2. S Deuteronomy 28:39
  • 3. S Joel 1:6
  • 4. S Leviticus 26:5
  • 5. S Leviticus 23:40; S Isaiah 62:9
  • 6. S Psalms 126:3; S Isaiah 25:1
  • 7. S Isaiah 29:22
  • 8. S Exodus 6:7
  • 9. S Exodus 6:2; S Isaiah 44:8; Joel 3:17
  • 10. Isaiah 45:17; Isaiah 54:4; Zephaniah 3:11
  • 11. S Isaiah 11:2; S Isaiah 44:3; Ezekiel 39:29
  • 12. S Numbers 11:17; S Mark 1:8; Galatians 3:14
  • 13. S 1 Samuel 19:20
  • 14. Jeremiah 23:25
  • 15. 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:28
  • 16. S Ezekiel 36:27
  • 17. Luke 21:11
  • 18. Mark 13:24-25
  • 19. S ver 2; S Isaiah 22:5; S Jeremiah 4:23; S Matthew 24:29
  • 20. Isaiah 13:9-10; S Joel 1:15; Obadiah 1:15; Malachi 3:2; Malachi 4:1,5
  • 21. S Genesis 4:26; S Psalms 105:1
  • 22. S Psalms 106:8; Acts 2:17-21*; Romans 10:13*
  • 23. S Isaiah 46:13
  • 24. Obadiah 1:17
  • 25. S Isaiah 1:9; Isaiah 11:11; Micah 4:7; Micah 7:18; S Romans 9:27
  • 26. Acts 2:39

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. The precise meaning of the four Hebrew words used here for locusts is uncertain.
  • [b]. In Hebrew texts 2:28-32 is numbered 3:1-5.
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