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Joel 2:4

    Joel 2:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so do they run.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Their form is like the form of horses, and they are running like war-horses.

    Webster's Revision

    The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so do they run.

    World English Bible

    The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses, and as horsemen, so do they run.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so do they run.

    Clarke's Commentary on Joel 2:4

    The appearance of horses - The head of the locust is remarkably like that of the horse; and so Ray on Insects describes them: Caput oblongum, equi instar, prona spectans - "They have an oblong head, like to that of a horse, bending downward." On this account the Italians call them cavaletta, cavalry. Bochart remarks, from an Arabic writer, that the locusts resemble ten different kinds of animals:

    1. The Horse in its head.

    2. The Elephant in its eyes.

    3. The Bull in its neck.

    4. The Stag in its horns.

    5. The Lion in its breast.

    6. The Scorpion in its belly.

    7. The Eagle in its wings.

    8. The Camel in its thighs.

    9. The Ostrich in its feet. And

    10. The Serpent in its tail.

    Vid. Hieroz., vol. ii., p. 475, edit. 1692.

    But its most prominent resemblance is to the horse, which the prophet mentions; and which the Arabic writer puts in the first place, as being the chief.

    Barnes' Notes on Joel 2:4

    The appearance of them, is as the appearance of horses - "If you carefully consider the head of the locust," says Theodoret, a Bishop in Syria, "you will find it exceedingly like that of a horse." Whence the Arabs, of old and to this day , say; "In the locust, slight as it is, is the nature of ten of the larger animals, the face of a horse, the eyes of an elephant, the neck of abull, the horns of a deer, the chest of a lion, the belly of a scorpion, the wings of an eagle, the thighs of a camel, the feet of an ostrich, the tail of a serpent."
    Book: Joel