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Joe 1:5

“for it will be cut off.” The Hebrew text more literally reads that the wine has been cut off, but that is a prophetic perfect idiom, expressing a future event as a past action. The idiom is used to express the certainty of something that will happen and also for emotional impact. The destruction foretold in Joel is a future event, but a certain one.

Joe 1:6

“For a nation.” In this context, the “nation” is a nation of locusts. There may have been an actual locust plague around the time Joel wrote, but commentators agree that in Joel the locusts represent the attacking army that will attack God’s people, most specifically in the Day of the Lord, the Great Tribulation.

Joe 1:7

“my fig tree.” Israel was God’s land and the produce in Israel and the vines and figs were gifts of God to be stewarded by humans. But God’s people sinned against Him so now judgment will come on the land, even on the gifts God has graciously given to humankind.

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Joe 1:9

“the house of Yahweh.” That is, the Temple in Jerusalem.

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Joe 1:12

“the apricot tree.” Although many English versions read “apple tree,” that is not likely. The apricot tree is the tree that best meets all the requirements in the Bible for this tree (see Harold and Alma Moldenke, Plants of the Bible, pp. 184-188).

Joe 1:13

“the grain offering and the drink offering are withheld.” The grains and vines are withered and dry, so there is no grain or drink offering available from them.

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Joe 1:15

“it will come as destruction from the Almighty.” The “day” here in Joel 1:15 that will come with destruction is the Day of Yahweh (“the Day of the LORD”) when the earth and the people on it will suffer great tribulation. See commentary on Isaiah 13:9.

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Joe 1:17

“The seeds have shriveled under their shovels.” The Hebrew of this line is unclear, and many suggestions as to how it can be translated have been given. Examples of other suggestions include “The seeds shrivel under their clods” (NJB) and “the seeds die in the parched ground” (NLT). In any case, the picture is one of the devastation of the crops.

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