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Chapter 3

Joel 3 Commentary

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Joel 3:1-3 meaning

When the LORD restores the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, He will judge the Gentile nations for the way they treated His covenant people.

Joel 3:4-8 meaning

The LORD turns His attention to the Phoenicians and the Philistines. He promises to judge them for the crimes they committed against Judah.

Joel 3:9-11 meaning

The prophet Joel invites the Gentile nations to assemble for battle. He urges the LORD to bring His army down to defeat the nations.

Joel 3:12-13 meaning

The LORD commanded the nations to enter the Valley of Jehoshaphat, where He would judge them for their wickedness.

Joel 3:14-17 meaning

The day of the LORD will be a time of judgment for the Gentile nations, but a time of deliverance for the sons of Israel. In consequence of this deliverance, the sons of Israel will acknowledge Yahweh as their Suzerain God.

Joel 3:18-21 meaning

The LORD describes Judah’s final prosperity. He promises to restore their blessings and give them freedom from their enemies.