“the day of Yahweh.” The Day of Yahweh (“the Day of the LORD”) is the period of great tribulation that will come on the earth as a consequence for all the sins that have been committed. It is a time of great tribulation. See commentary on Isaiah 13:9.
“As you have done, it will be done to you.” The Bible repeatedly declares that people will eventually get what they deserve. From the Book of Job, believed to be one of the oldest books in the Bible, to Paul’s writings in the New Testament, the theme that God will give to people what they deserve based on their deeds is clearly set forth. The following verse from Jeremiah is a good example. Jeremiah 17:10 says, “I, Yahweh, search the heart, I test the kidneys, in order to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” Matthew 16:27 says, “For the Son of Man is about to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.” Many other verses say almost the same thing (cp. Job 34:11; Ps. 62:12; Prov. 24:12; Jer. 32:19; Ezek. 33:20; Rom. 2:6; and 1 Cor. 3:8. Cp also, Luke 9:26; 1 Cor. 3:10-17; 2 Cor. 5:10; Col. 3:23-25). It is because people will get what they deserve that 1 John 2:28 says, “And now, O children, remain in him, so that when he appears, we will have confidence and not shrink back in shame from him at his coming. [For more on people getting what they deserve, see commentary on 2 Cor. 5:10].