Joel 3:5

5 For you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples.

Joel 3:5 Meaning and Commentary

Joel 3:5

Because ye have taken my silver and my gold
Which is all the Lord's, ( Haggai 2:8 ) ; or which he had bestowed upon his people, and they had taken from them: and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things;
either the rich furniture of the houses of his people, which they carried into their own houses, or "palaces" F5, as it may be rendered; having either taken them away themselves, or bought them of others that had taken them: or else the rich vessels of the temple; as these were carried away by the Chaldeans, and put into their idol temples, ( Daniel 1:2 ) ; so afterward they were taken by the Romans, and put into the temples of their gods: whether any of these came into the hands of the Tyrians by any means, and were put into their idol temples, as the temple of Hercules, is not certain; however, it is notorious that the Papists, the Tyrians are an emblem of, not only build stately temples, and dedicate them to angels and saints, but most profusely adorn them with gold and silver, and all goodly and desirable things; which is putting them to an idolatrous use they were not designed for.


FOOTNOTES:

F5 (Mkylkyhl) "in palatia vestra", Montanus, Drusius, Burkius.

Joel 3:5 In-Context

3 and cast lots for my people, and traded boys for prostitutes, and sold girls for wine, and drunk it down.
4 What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are paying me back, I will turn your deeds back upon your own heads swiftly and speedily.
5 For you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples.
6 You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, removing them far from their own border.
7 But now I will rouse them to leave the places to which you have sold them, and I will turn your deeds back upon your own heads.

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