PODCAST: The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #360: Joel 1:8 (with Daniel Whyte III)

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #360, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Joel 1:8.

8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.


That was Joel 1:8. Now here is the sense of it.

The Matthew Henry Commentary reads:

All who labour only for the meat that perishes, will, sooner or later, be ashamed of their labour. Those that place their happiness in the delights of sense, when deprived of them, or disturbed in the enjoyment, lose their joy; whereas spiritual joy then flourishes more than ever. See what perishing, uncertain things our creature-comforts are. See how we need to live in continual dependence upon God and his providence. See what ruinous work sin makes. As far as poverty occasions the decay of piety, and starves the cause of religion among a people, it is a very sore judgment. But how blessed are the awakening judgments of God, in rousing his people and calling home the heart to Christ, and his salvation!

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

The grammatical form of mourn in verse 8 indicates that the addressee is neither the drunkards in verse 5 nor the farmers in verse 11 (both of which are addressed with masculine plural forms). The land itself or Jerusalem (called Zion elsewhere) is probably addressed here, being personified as a virgin or young woman. She was told to mourn bitterly, as a bride or bride-to-be would mourn over the unexpected death of the man to whom she was betrothed or married. There is some debate over the meaning of the term translated “virgin”. If it refers to an actual virgin, then a betrothed woman, whose marriage had not been consummated, is in view. In this case the man could be called the husband of her youth because of the legally binding nature of betrothal. (Deuteronomy 22:23–24 demonstrates that a betrothed woman could be referred to as both a “virgin” and a “wife.”) However, possibly the word simply refers to a young woman regardless of her sexual status. If so, newlyweds are in view in Joel 1:8. Sackcloth, a coarse, dark cloth, was worn in mourning rites as an outward expression of sorrow.


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