Joel 3
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1  After that, I will pour out My spirit on all flesh; Your sons and daughters shall prophesy; Your old men shall dream dreams, And your young men shall see visions.

v’-ha-YAH a-kha-ray KHAYN esh-POKH et ru-KHEE al kol ba-SAR v’-ni-b’-U b’-nay-KHEM uv-no-tay-KHEM zik-nay-KHEM kha-lo-MOT ya-kha-lo-MUN ba-KHU-ray-KHEM khez-yo-NOT yir-U

א  וְהָיָה אַחֲרֵי־כֵן אֶשְׁפּוֹךְ אֶת־רוּחִי עַל־כָּל־בָּשָׂר וְנִבְּאוּ בְּנֵיכֶם וּבְנוֹתֵיכֶם זִקְנֵיכֶם חֲלֹמוֹת יַחֲלֹמוּן בַּחוּרֵיכֶם חֶזְיֹנוֹת יִרְאוּ׃

 3:1  I will pour out My spirit on all flesh

Yoel describes how, in the end of days, there will be an outpouring of God’s spirit and prophecy among all people, young and old, male and female. This is, in fact, Moshe’s fervent wish when Yehoshua confronts him with the complaint that Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp. Moshe responds “would that all Hashem’s people were prophets, that Hashem put His spirit upon them!” (Numbers 11:29). The medieval commentator Ibn Ezra narrows the meaning of Yoel’s prophecy to those who reside in the Land of Israel. Only in the Holy Land can one reach the spiritual heights necessary to communicate with the Divine.

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2  I will even pour out My spirit Upon male and female slaves in those days.

ב  וְגַם עַל־הָעֲבָדִים וְעַל־הַשְּׁפָחוֹת בַּיָּמִים הָהֵמָּה אֶשְׁפּוֹךְ אֶת־רוּחִי׃

3  Before the great and terrible day of Hashem comes,* I will set portents in the sky and on earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke;

ג  וְנָתַתִּי מוֹפְתִים בַּשָּׁמַיִם וּבָאָרֶץ דָּם וָאֵשׁ וְתִימֲרוֹת עָשָׁן׃

4  The sun shall turn into darkness And the moon into blood.

ד  הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ יֵהָפֵךְ לְחֹשֶׁךְ וְהַיָּרֵחַ לְדָם לִפְנֵי בּוֹא יוֹם יְהֹוָה הַגָּדוֹל וְהַנּוֹרָא׃

5  But everyone who invokes the name of Hashem shall escape; for there shall be a remnant on Mount Tzion and in Yerushalayim, as Hashem promised. Anyone who invokes Hashem will be among the survivors.

ה  וְהָיָה כֹּל אֲשֶׁר־יִקְרָא בְּשֵׁם יְהֹוָה יִמָּלֵט כִּי בְּהַר־צִיּוֹן וּבִירוּשָׁלַ ִם תִּהְיֶה פְלֵיטָה כַּאֲשֶׁר אָמַר יְהֹוָה וּבַשְּׂרִידִים אֲשֶׁר יְהֹוָה קֹרֵא׃

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  • Verse 3:1: Commentary attributed to Ibn Ezra: “…Only in the Holy Land can one reach the spiritual heights necessary to communicate with the Divine.”

    HaShem spoke to His people in Genesis 28:15, saying: “Remember, I am with you: I will protect you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Note that He didn’t qualify where they were or stipulate where they had to be.
    Is HaShem only a God of the mountains or of the lowlands, as the Arameans were wont to say (1 Kings 20:28)? Is He not the “God of all the earth” (Isaiah 54:5)?

    Jeremiah 23:24, HaShem speaking: “If a man enters a hiding place, do I not see him? —says Hashem. For I fill both heaven and earth”—declares Hashem.

    He is HaShem of all, no restrictions. He not only knows who we are—and ALL about us, and still loves us, I might add—He knows where we are at all times. Otherwise, He’s not who He says He is. (Please note the use of the word “is”, not “was”.)

    We can—and often should—disregard or dismiss the “man behind the curtains” (what man says about HaShem), but we should never ignore what HaShem says about Himself—Scripture, His Testimony.

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