Joel 2:28-32

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.[a]

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Joel 2:28 in Other Translations

KJV
28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
ESV
28 "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.
NLT
28 “Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.
MSG
28 "And that's just the beginning: After that - "I will pour out my Spirit on every kind of people: Your sons will prophesy, also your daughters. Your old men will dream, your young men will see visions.
CSB
28 After this I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions.

Joel 2:28-32 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 2:28-32 In-Context

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 16

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

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 2:28-32 is numbered 3:1-5.
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