J O E L.
This chapter is the description of a lamentable
devastation made of the country of Judah by locusts and
caterpillars. Some think that the prophet speaks of it as a thing
to come and gives warning of it beforehand, as usually the prophets
did of judgments coming. Others think that it was now present, and
that his business was to affect the people with it and awaken them
by it to repentance. I. It is spoken of as a judgment which there
was no precedent of in former ages, ver. 1-7. II. All sorts of people sharing in
the calamity are called upon to lament it, ver. 8-13. III. They are directed to look
up to God in their lamentations, and to humble themselves before
him, ver. 14-20.