Joel 1:8
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New International Version
Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth grieving for the betrothed of her youth.

King James Bible
Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

Darby Bible Translation
Wail like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

World English Bible
Mourn like a virgin dressed in sackcloth for the husband of her youth!

Young's Literal Translation
Wail, as a virgin girdeth with sackcloth, For the husband of her youth.

Joel 1:8 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Lament like a virgin - for the husband of her youth - Virgin is a very improper version here. The original is בתולה bethulah, which signifies a young woman or bride not a virgin, the proper Hebrew for which is עלמה almah. See the notes on Isaiah 7:14 (note), and Matthew 1:23 (note).

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Joel 1:13-15 Gird yourselves, and lament, you priests: howl, you ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth...

Joel 2:12-14 Therefore also now, said the LORD, turn you even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning...

Isaiah 22:12 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:

Isaiah 24:7-12 The new wine mourns, the vine languishes, all the merry hearted do sigh...

Isaiah 32:11 Tremble, you women that are at ease; be troubled, you careless ones: strip you, and make you bore, and gird sackcloth on your loins.

Jeremiah 9:17-19 Thus said the LORD of hosts, Consider you, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning women...

James 4:8,9 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded...

James 5:1 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you.

the husband.

Proverbs 2:17 Which forsakes the guide of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God.

Jeremiah 3:4 Will you not from this time cry to me, My father, you are the guide of my youth?

Malachi 2:15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And why one? That he might seek a godly seed...

Grace Before Meat.
O most gracious God, and loving Father, who feedest all creatures living, which depend upon thy divine providence, we beseech thee, sanctify these creatures, which thou hast ordained for us; give them virtue to nourish our bodies in life and health; and give us grace to receive them soberly and thankfully, as from thy hands; that so, in the strength of these and thy other blessings, we may walk in the uprightness of our hearts, before thy face, this day, and all the days of our lives, through Jesus
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

Visions of Future Glory
In the darkest days of her long conflict with evil, the church of God has been given revelations of the eternal purpose of Jehovah. His people have been permitted to look beyond the trials of the present to the triumphs of the future, when, the warfare having been accomplished, the redeemed will enter into possession of the promised land. These visions of future glory, scenes pictured by the hand of God, should be dear to His church today, when the controversy of the ages is rapidly closing and the
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Cross References
Isaiah 22:12
The Lord, the LORD Almighty, called you on that day to weep and to wail, to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth.

Lamentations 1:4
The roads to Zion mourn, for no one comes to her appointed festivals. All her gateways are desolate, her priests groan, her young women grieve, and she is in bitter anguish.

Joel 1:13
Put on sackcloth, you priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings and drink offerings are withheld from the house of your God.

Amos 8:10
I will turn your religious festivals into mourning and all your singing into weeping. I will make all of you wear sackcloth and shave your heads. I will make that time like mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day.

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