PODCAST: The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #382: Joel 2:20-21 (with Daniel Whyte III)

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #382, 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 2:20-21.

20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.

21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things.


That was Joel 2:20-21. Now here is the sense of it.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

The NIV understands the last line of verse 20 as a statement about the Lord. Other translations join the words to the preceding context, making the army the subject. The insolent pride of the invader would then be in view. However, the NIV reading has much to commend it, especially the structural correspondence it produces. In the first two lines of verse 21 the personified land, which had been stripped of its produce, is encouraged to fear no longer but to be glad and rejoice.


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