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Joel

CHAPTER 1

1 The word of Jehovah which came to Joel the son of Pethuel.

2 Hear this, you elders, And give heed, all you inhabitants of the land. Has this ever happened in your days, Or even in the days of your fathers?

3 Tell your children about it, And let your children tell their children, And let their children tell the next generation.

4 What the cutting locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten; And what the swarming locust has left, the licking locust has eaten; And what the licking locust has left, the consuming locust has eaten.

5 Awake, drunkards, and weep; Howl, all you who drink wine, Because of the fresh wine; For it has been cut off from your mouth.

6 For a nation has come up against My land, Mighty and without number; Its teeth are the teeth of a lion, And it has the cutting teeth of a lioness.

7 It has made My vine a desolation, And My fig tree a heap of splinters. It has stripped it bare and cast it away; Its branches are white.

8 Wail like a virgin girded with sackcloth Over the husband of her youth.

9 The meal offering and the drink offering are cut off From the house of Jehovah; The priests, the ministers of Jehovah, mourn.

10 The field is a waste; The land mourns, For the grain is a waste; The new wine is dried up; The fresh oil languishes.

11 Be ashamed, O farmers; Howl, O vinedressers, For the wheat and for the barley, Because the harvest of the field has perished.

12 The vine is dried up, And the fig tree languishes, The pomegranate and the palm and the apple tree - All the trees of the field are dried up; Indeed gladness has withered away From the children of men.

13 Gird yourselves and lament, O priests; Howl, O ministers of the altar. Come, pass the night in sackcloth, O ministers of my God. For the meal offering and the drink offering Are held back from the house of your God.

14 Sanctify a fast; Call a solemn assembly; Gather the elders And all the inhabitants of the land To the house of Jehovah your God; And cry unto Jehovah.

15 Alas for the day! For the day of Jehovah has drawn near, And as the destruction from the Almighty it will come.

16 Is not our food Cut off before our eyes, Joy and exultation From the house of our God?

17 The seeds have shriveled Under their clods; The storehouses have been desolated; The barns have been torn down; For the grain is dried up.

18 How the beasts groan! The herds of cattle are confused, For they have no pasture; The flocks of sheep also suffer punishment.

19 To You, O Jehovah, I cry out; For fire has devoured The pastures of the wilderness, And the flame has set ablaze All the trees of the field.

20 The beasts of the field also Cry to You, For the waterways Are dried up, And fire has devoured The pastures of the wilderness.