Joel, The Book of

Joel, The Book of

An OT book, the second of the Minor Prophets. The book begins by depicting a locust plague, which is understood as the onset of the Day of the Lord, and it continues with a description of the future fortunes of Israel and the nations.


Outline of Contents

Joel

I. National lament in response to a locust plague (Joel 1:1-20)

A. Superscription (Joel 1:1)

B. Description of the locust plague (Joel 1:2-4)

C. Call to lament (Joel 1:5-14)

D. A lament (Joel 1:15-20)

II. The Day of the Lord as judgment on Judah (Joel 2:1-29)

A. The locust plague as harbinger of the Day of the Lord (Joel 2:1-11)

B. Call to repentance (Joel 2:12-17)

C. God’s positive response: promise of deliverance (Joel 2:18-29)

III. The Day of the Lord as judgment on Judah’s enemies (Joel 2:30-3:21)

A. Signs of the Day of the Lord (Joel 2:30-32)

B. Judgment on the nations (Joel 3:1-17)

C. Summary: prosperity for Zion and destruction for enemies (Joel 3:18-21)

Joel 1:1-20

1The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel:
Lament over the Ruin of the Country
2Hear this, O elders,
give ear, all inhabitants of the land!
Has suc ... View more

Joel 1:1

1The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel:

Joel 1:2-4

Lament over the Ruin of the Country
2Hear this, O elders,
give ear, all inhabitants of the land!
Has such a thing happened in your days,
or in the days of your ... View more

Joel 1:5-14

5Wake up, you drunkards, and weep;
and wail, all you wine-drinkers,
over the sweet wine,
for it is cut off from your mouth.6For a nation has invaded my land,
po ... View more

Joel 1:15-20

15Alas for the day!
For the day of the Lord is near,
and as destruction from the Almighty it comes.16Is not the food cut off
before our eyes,
joy and gladness
f ... View more

Joel 2:1-29

1Blow the trumpet in Zion;
sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near—2a da ... View more

Joel 2:1-11

1Blow the trumpet in Zion;
sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near—2a da ... View more

Joel 2:12-17

12Yet even now, says the Lord,
return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;13rend your hearts and not your clothing.
Return ... View more

Joel 2:18-29

God's Response and Promise
18Then the Lord became jealous for his land,
and had pity on his people.19In response to his people the Lord said:
I am sending you
g ... View more

Joel 2:30-3:21

30I will show portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke.31The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before ... View more

Joel 2:30-32

30I will show portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke.31The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before ... View more

Joel 3:1-17

1 For then, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,2I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley ... View more

Joel 3:18-21

18In that day
the mountains shall drip sweet wine,
the hills shall flow with milk,
and all the stream beds of Judah
shall flow with water;
a fountain shall come ... View more

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