4 They have the appearance of horses; they gallop along like cavalry.

Other Translations of Joel 2:4

King James Version

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

English Standard Version

4 Their appearance is like the appearance of horses, and like war horses they run.

The Message

4 The locust army seems all horses - galloping horses, an army of horses.

New King James Version

4 Their appearance is like the appearance of horses; And like swift steeds, so they run.

New Living Translation

4 They look like horses; they charge forward like warhorses.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Joel 2:4

Commentary on Joel 2:1-14

(Read Joel 2:1-14)

The priests were to alarm the people with the near approach of the Divine judgments. It is the work of ministers to warn of the fatal consequences of sin, and to reveal the wrath from heaven against the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. The striking description which follows, shows what would attend the devastations of locusts, but may also describe the effects from the ravaging of the land by the Chaldeans. If the alarm of temporal judgments is given to offending nations, how much more should sinners be warned to seek deliverance from the wrath to come! Our business therefore on earth must especially be, to secure an interest in our Lord Jesus Christ; and we should seek to be weaned from objects which will soon be torn from all who now make idols of them. There must be outward expressions of sorrow and shame, fasting, weeping, and mourning; tears for trouble must be turned into tears for the sin that caused it. But rending the garments would be vain, except their hearts were rent by abasement and self-abhorrence; by sorrow for their sins, and separation from them. There is no question but that if we truly repent of our sins, God will forgive them; but whether he will remove affliction is not promised, yet the probability of it should encourage us to repent.