John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary

Verse 4 (Joel 3:4)

Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine ?.... The Tyrians, Zidonians, and Philistines, were near neighbours of the Jews, and implacable enemies to them; and are here put for the enemies of the true church of Christ, the Papists and Turks, and in whose possession those places now are: these are addressed by the Lord, inquiring or demanding the reason of their ill usage of him and his people: "what have ye to do with me?" to be called by my name, or accounted my people? I know you not, nor will I have any fellowship with you: or what have ye to do with my people, to disturb and distress them? what wrong have I or they done you, that you thus use them?

will ye render me a recompence ? for turning you out of your land, and putting my people into it? do you think to retaliate this?

and if ye recompense me ; by doing an injury to my people:

swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head ; bring swift and sudden destruction upon you.

- John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary