Joel 2:11

“And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the Lord shall vtter his voyce before his armie, for his campe is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible, and who can abide it?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The LORD utters His voice before His army; Surely His camp is very great, For strong is he who carries out His word. The day of the LORD is indeed great and very awesome, And who can endure it?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jehovah uttereth his voice before his army; for his camp is very great; for he is strong that executeth his word; for the day of Jehovah is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the Lord is thundering before his forces; for very great is his army; for he is strong who gives effect to his word: for the day of the Lord is great and greatly to be feared, and who has strength against it?
- Basic English Bible

And Jehovah uttereth his voice before his army; for his camp is very great; for strong is he that executeth his word: for the day of Jehovah is great and very terrible; and who can bear it?
- Darby Bible

And the LORD will utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh thunders his voice before his army; for his forces are very great; for he is strong who obeys his command; for the day of Yahweh is great and very awesome, and who can endure it?
- World English Bible

And Jehovah hath given forth His voice before His force, For very great [is] His camp, For mighty [is] the doer of His word, For great [is] the day of Jehovah -- very fearful, And who doth bear it?
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the LORD uttereth His voice before His army; for His camp is very great, for he is mighty that executeth His word; for great is the day of the LORD and very terrible; and who can abide it?
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Joel 2:11


2:11 Utter his voice - Summon them in and encourage them as a general doth his soldiers. His army - Of locusts and insects, and of Chaldeans signified by these.


Discussion for Joel 2

  • Steven Massiah
    Although directed towards the inhabitants of Israel, warning of an almost invincible northern enemy, we should realize that the text has a timeless universal appeal. Personal and national abandonment of divine laws always attract severe judgement. God's preference is life and the blessings that enhance it instead of mere existence and death.
  • Irene123
    V.25 - I, read and heard this used in preaching, but not really expounded upon - until tonight at Bible study. I've been back with the Lord now for 2 1/2 yrs; backslid forv34 yrs. So, my 2 boys grew up without the Lord; just drugs 'n alcohol. Tonight it was explained these are the yrs. the cankerworm, locust, palmerworm have taken - THAT CAN NOW BE RESTORED!!! Thank-you Jesus.
  • Jaime p
    This is only for the 12 tribes of Israel not for the whole world
  • Cassie
    I love the fact that God has mercy and grace on his people, even though there will be hard times for Christians in the end times but God will still pour out his blessings and favor for his people..
  • Ngozi
    Joel2 shows that God is merciful.if we truly repent and turn away from our sin He will forgive us and restore all that we have lost in sin. It's also painting a picture of the end time which depicts hardships war, terror etc but only those who truly serve God and worship him will be saved. They will be exempted from evil of this days. It will be a lifting up. Visions great ideas of the end time will be poured out from God to His children. Gods children will be creating new jobs opening up new businesses. There will be abundance for us. God will restore us and get ready for His return. We would also be an instrument of restoration of the lost world to Him. Praise God
  • Claude
    The book Joel is showing us the true makeup of God,He can send His wrath when He's trying to get His people's attention , He will warn man too ,because He loves man..He would rather share His love thourgh the Holy Spirit to comfort not chasten ,but if your His He will save you..

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