Joel 1:3
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English Standard Version
Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation.

King James Bible
Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

American Standard Version
Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Tell ye of this to your children, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation.

English Revised Version
Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

Webster's Bible Translation
Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

Joel 1:3 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The allusion to whoredom leads to the description of the idolatrous conduct of the people in the third strophe, Hosea 4:11-14, which is introduced with a general sentence. Hosea 4:11. "Whoring and wine and new wine take away the heart (the understanding"). Zenūth is licentiousness in the literal sense of the word, which is always connected with debauchery. What is true of this, namely, that it weakens the mental power, shows itself in the folly of idolatry into which the nation has fallen. Hosea 4:12. "My nation asks its wood, and its stick prophesies to it: for a spirit of whoredom has seduced, and they go away whoring from under their God." שׁאל בּעצו is formed after בּיהוה, to ask for a divine revelation of the idols made of wood (Jeremiah 10:3; Habakkuk 2:19), namely, the teraphim (cf. Hosea 3:4, and Ezekiel 21:26). This reproof is strengthened by the antithesis my nation, i.e., the nation of Jehovah, the living God, and its wood, the wood made into idols by the people. The next clause, "and its stick is showing it," sc. future events (higgı̄d as in Isaiah 41:22-23, etc.), is supposed by Cyril of Alexandria to refer to the practice of rhabdomancy, which he calls an invention of the Chaldaeans, and describes as consisting in this, that two rods were held upright, and then allowed to fall while forms of incantation were being uttered; and the oracle was inferred from the way in which they fell, whether forwards or backwards, to the right or to the left. The course pursued was probably similar to that connected with the use of the wishing rods.

(Note: According to Herod. iv. 67, this kind of soothsaying was very common among the Scythians (see at Ezekiel 21:26). Another description of rhabdomancy is described by Abarbanel, according to Maimonides and Moses Mikkoz: cf. Marck and Rosenmller on this passage.)

The people do this because a spirit of whoredom has besotted them.

By rūăch zenūnı̄m the whoredom is represented as a demoniacal power, which has seized upon the nation. Zenūnı̄m probably includes both carnal and spiritual whoredom, since idolatry, especially the Asherah-worship, was connected with gross licentiousness. The missing object to התעה may easily be supplied from the context. זנה מתּחת אל, which differs from זנה מאחרי (Hosea 1:2), signifies "to whore away from under God," i.e., so as to withdraw from subjection to God.

Joel 1:3 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Exodus 10:1,2 And the LORD said to Moses, Go in to Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants...

Exodus 13:14 And it shall be when your son asks you in time to come, saying, What is this? that you shall say to him...

Deuteronomy 6:7 And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way...

Joshua 4:6,7,21,22 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean you by these stones...

Psalm 44:1 We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work you did in their days, in the times of old.

Psalm 71:18 Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have showed your strength to this generation...

Psalm 78:3-8 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us...

Psalm 145:4 One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.

Isaiah 38:19 The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known your truth.

Cross References
Exodus 10:2
and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson how I have dealt harshly with the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them, that you may know that I am the LORD."

Psalm 78:4
We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

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