“Return to Yahweh!
He is gracious!
He is merciful!
He is slow to anger!
He is abounding
In steadfast love!
Whether he will not turn?
Whether he will not relent?
Leave a blessing
Leave a grain offering!
Leave a drink offering
Joel continued with the same theme. They should return to Yahweh. Joel used the ancient words about God as gracious and merciful, since Yahweh was slow to get angry. He was abounding in steadfast love. He did not punish easily. Will he return? Will he relent? Your best shot was to leave a blessing, like a grain or drink offering for Yahweh, their God. Clearly, Joel was tied to the Temple, since he considered the grain and drink offering as a blessing.
“Do not lie in wait,
Like an outlaw,
Against the home of the righteous.
Do no violence to the place
Where the righteous live!
Although the righteous fall seven times,
They will rise again.
But the wicked are overthrown by calamity.
Do not rejoice when your enemies fall!
Do not let your heart be glad when they stumble!
Yahweh will see it.
He will be displeased.
He will turn away his anger from them.
Do not fret because of evildoers!
Do not envy the wicked!
The evil have no future.
The lamp of the wicked will be put out.”
Do not attack the righteous like an outlaw. Do not wait for them or do any violence to them where they live. The righteous will fall 7 times, but they will still get up. However, the wicked are easily overthrown by calamity. Do not rejoice when your enemies fall. Don’t be happy when they stumble. Yahweh sees all this. He will be displeased. He will probably turn his anger away from them. Don’t worry about evildoers or envy the wicked ones. Just remember that they have no future. Their lamp will go out never to burn again.