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Joel 2 - NIV

An Army of Locusts


Blow the trumpet in Zion;
sound the alarm on my holy hill.
Let all who live in the land tremble,
for the day of the Lord is coming.
It is close at hand—

2 a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and blackness.
Like dawn spreading across the mountains
a large and mighty army comes,
such as never was in ancient times
nor ever will be in ages to come.


Before them fire devours,
behind them a flame blazes.
Before them the land is like the garden of Eden,
behind them, a desert waste—
nothing escapes them.

4 They have the appearance of horses;
they gallop along like cavalry.

5 With a noise like that of chariots
they leap over the mountaintops,
like a crackling fire consuming stubble,
like a mighty army drawn up for battle.


At the sight of them, nations are in anguish;
every face turns pale.

7 They charge like warriors;
they scale walls like soldiers.
They all march in line,
not swerving from their course.

8 They do not jostle each other;
each marches straight ahead.
They plunge through defenses
without breaking ranks.

9 They rush upon the city;
they run along the wall.
They climb into the houses;
like thieves they enter through the windows.


Before them the earth shakes,
the heavens tremble,
the sun and moon are darkened,
and the stars no longer shine.

11 The Lord thunders
at the head of his army;
his forces are beyond number,
and mighty is the army that obeys his command.
The day of the Lord is great;
it is dreadful.
Who can endure it?

Rend Your Heart


“Even now,” declares the Lord,
“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning.”


Rend your heart
and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity.

14 Who knows? He may turn and relent
and leave behind a blessing—
grain offerings and drink offerings
for the Lord your God.


Blow the trumpet in Zion,
declare a holy fast,
call a sacred assembly.

16 Gather the people,
consecrate the assembly;
bring together the elders,
gather the children,
those nursing at the breast.
Let the bridegroom leave his room
and the bride her chamber.

17 Let the priests, who minister before the Lord,
weep between the portico and the altar.
Let them say, “Spare your people, Lord.
Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn,
a byword among the nations.
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’”

The Lord’s Answer


Then the Lord was jealous for his land
and took pity on his people.

19 The Lord replied[a] to them:

“I am sending you grain, new wine and olive oil,
enough to satisfy you fully;
never again will I make you
an object of scorn to the nations.


“I will drive the northern horde far from you,
pushing it into a parched and barren land;
its eastern ranks will drown in the Dead Sea
and its western ranks in the Mediterranean Sea.
And its stench will go up;
its smell will rise.”
Surely he has done great things!

21 Do not be afraid, land of Judah;
be glad and rejoice.
Surely the Lord has done great things!

22 Do not be afraid, you wild animals,
for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green.
The trees are bearing their fruit;
the fig tree and the vine yield their riches.

23 Be glad, people of Zion,
rejoice in the Lord your God,
for he has given you the autumn rains
because he is faithful.
He sends you abundant showers,
both autumn and spring rains, as before.

24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain;
the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.


“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—
the great locust and the young locust,
the other locusts and the locust swarm[b]
my great army that I sent among you.

26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,
and you will praise the name of the Lord your God,
who has worked wonders for you;
never again will my people be shamed.

27 Then you will know that I am in Israel,
that I am the Lord your God,
and that there is no other;
never again will my people be shamed.

The Day of the Lord


“And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.

29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

30 I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.

31 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

32 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors
whom the Lord calls.[c]


a. Joel 2:19 Or Lord will be jealous …and take pity …The Lord will reply
b. Joel 2:25 The precise meaning of the four Hebrew words used here for locusts is uncertain.
c. Joel 2:32 In Hebrew texts 2:28-32 is numbered 3:1-5.

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Shared by: Kevin Ruffcorn on Dec, 2016
Summary: The prophet calls the people to return to a merciful God and promises and outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
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Scripture: Joel 2:12-29
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 50
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Shared by: Mike Rickman on Jul, 2016
Summary: A servant can receive many gifts from his Master.
Scripture: Joel 2:28-29
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 212
Dr. Michael Blankenship avatar
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Shared by: Dr. Michael Blankenship on Apr, 2016
Summary: An overview of the Minor Prophets
Series: Minor Notes
Scripture: Joel 2:12-18
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 459
Garth Wehrfritz- Hanson avatar
Ash Wednesday: A gracious and merciful God
Shared by: Garth Wehrfritz- Hanson on Feb, 2016
Summary: Sermon based on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17. The importance of turning to God, repenting. One of the most important descriptions of God in the Hebrew Bible is that God is gracious and merciful.
Scripture: Joel 2:1-17
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Views: 240
Gerald Roberts avatar
"Sound The Alarm"
Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Feb, 2016
Summary: Joel believes the Day of The Lord is upon them so he says, "Sound the Alarm" and return, learn, gather, and pray.
Scripture: Joel 2:1-2
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 393
Felicia Clayborne avatar
Restoring The Years
Shared by: Felicia Clayborne on Jan, 2016
Summary: God will restore the years
Scripture: Joel 2:25
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,081
Ron Freeman, Evangelist avatar
I Will Pour Out My Spirit
Shared by: Ron Freeman, Evangelist on Jan, 2016
Summary: To establish that Joel’s prophecy that Jehovah “would pour out of his Spirit upon all flesh” was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost upon all nations and for all generations. To clarify that there was only one "out pouring" of the Holy Spirit.
Ian Humphrey avatar
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: Revival
Scripture: Joel 2:12-27
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 283
Ian Humphrey avatar
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: Revival
Scripture: Joel 2:12-27
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 160
bala samson avatar
Shared by: bala samson on Oct, 2015
Summary: Once rubbish but now precious!
Scripture: Joel 2:20-25
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,065
Bob Faulkner avatar
Spirit and Judgment in the Last Days
Shared by: Bob Faulkner on Oct, 2015
Summary: Is it afterward, as in Joel, or "in the last days" as quoted by Peter? Are we in the last days, everyone wants to know. Amazingly simple answer.
Series: Locusts
Scripture: Joel 2:28
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 222
Bob Faulkner avatar
The Promise of Restoration
Shared by: Bob Faulkner on Oct, 2015
Summary: Joel sees a time when all will be made right, Israel will not be ashamed, or a curse to anyone. We know this time has not yet come.
Series: Locusts
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Joel sees John's locusts
Shared by: Bob Faulkner on Sep, 2015
Summary: The prophet Joel and the apostle John see the same vision! Confirmation that God is speaking.
Series: Locusts
Timothy Enns avatar
Locust Buffet
Shared by: Timothy Enns on Sep, 2015
Summary: God spoke to Joel to tell the people to renew, return to the Lord and rend their heart. The same message applies to us today. What are the Locust storms in our lives. Are we living whole-heartedly for god or is it time to return?
Scripture: Joel 2:1-13
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 455
Andrew Moffatt avatar
Mars Hill
Shared by: Andrew Moffatt on Jul, 2015
Summary: Mars Hill: The Acropolis vs the Areopagus, God does not live in temples made of stone but dwells in the hearts of his people. Rend your heart. An insight on how a bare rock trumps a temple.
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Shared by: Dr. William D. Poovey on Apr, 2015
Summary: Revival came and people recommitted their hearts and lives to God. This is what we need today.
Scripture: Joel 2:12-13
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 817
Wayne Major avatar
Shared by: Wayne Major on Apr, 2015
Summary: Response to the popular theory of "blood moons" as a signal of significant end-times events about to happen.
Scripture: Joel 2:28-32
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 1,357
David Roth avatar
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Shared by: David Roth on Feb, 2015
Summary: Ash Wednesday (B). Too often we focus on our outward behavior, our sins. But the root of our problem is not sins, but sin, our sinful nature. Joel urges us to "Turn to God and live."
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Shared by: Bruce Ball on Feb, 2015
Summary: This is a sermon about a young king who loved the Lord. His name was Josiah. It is about revival and what is necessary to receive revival.
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Scripture: Joel 2:12-12:17
Denomination: *other
Views: 3,120
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
An Overview of the Book of Joel
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Feb, 2015
Summary: We cannot change the past: but in Christ, God restores to us what would have been had we not allowed sin an entrance (Joel 2:25).
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Shared by: Rainer Reddy on Jan, 2015
Summary: A sermon on restoration and what God requires of us for restoration to take place.
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Shared by: Jeffery Anselmi on Jan, 2015
Summary: Once one realizes the need for change, a transformed heart must follow
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Scripture: Joel 2:12-13
Views: 2,969
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Never again be put to shame!
Shared by: bala samson on Dec, 2014
Summary: You will not be ashamed nor will you be disgraced for trusting Him! Can we say Amen?
Scripture: Joel 2:15-27
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,310
Mike Fogerson avatar
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Shared by: Mike Fogerson on Dec, 2014
Summary: The five keys of the Shemitah (Sabbatical year) were taught last Sunday.
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Scripture: Joel 2:31
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 328
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The Significance of the Seven
Shared by: Mike Fogerson on Dec, 2014
Summary: The 9/11 Shemitah , In 2000, the U.S. was enjoying an expanding economy, but out national departure from God has also expanded, progress.
Scripture: Joel 2:31
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 329
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2015: Year of Renewal
Shared by: Ajai Prakash on Dec, 2014
Summary: Our nation is walking the same road that Israel took centuries ago and lost all their blessings. Therefore it is imperative that the church rises up and takes hold of their responsibility to lead the people in a godly way so that we are renewed.
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Scripture: Joel 2:21-27
Views: 3,113
Wayne Lawson avatar
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Shared by: Wayne Lawson on Oct, 2014
Summary: The book is important because the sad reality is instead of being a nation founded on THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION we seem to be turning into the nation founded on THE FREEDOM FROM RELIGION. We as a nation now behave as though the Bible is to old fashioned.
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Views: 3,803
Paul Basehore avatar
Joel, the Simple Man
Shared by: Paul Basehore on Oct, 2014
Summary: Don’t overcomplicate it by expecting God to move in a certain way; just expect Him to move, and listen for His voice. What comes next just may surprise you.
Scripture: Joel 2:28-29
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4 stages in life
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Sep, 2014
Summary: To show every stages in life is for the LORD.
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Shared by: Jason Smith on Sep, 2014
Summary: Repentance... How would you define it? It may be the case if I asked every person in this room to give me a definition of repentance, I may get quite a few different answers. This is a subject that I believe is greatly misunderstood in the religious world