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Joel 2:3


2:3 Like fire they devour everything in their path; 1 

a flame blazes behind them.

The land looks like the Garden of Eden 2  before them,

but behind them there is only a desolate wilderness –

for nothing escapes them! 3 

1 tn Heb “a fire devours before it.”

2 tn Heb “like the garden of Eden, the land is before them.”

3 tn Heb “and surely a survivor there is not for it.” The antecedent of the pronoun “it” is apparently עַם (’am, “people”) of v. 2, which seems to be a figurative way of referring to the locusts. K&D 26:191-92 thought that the antecedent of this pronoun was “land,” but the masculine gender of the pronoun does not support this.

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