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Joel: Chapter 1

Joel, declaring various judgments of God, exhorts to observe them, 1-7, and to mourn, 8-13. He prescribes a solemn fast to deprecate those judgments, 14-20.

1 [The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.]

2 Hear this, you old men, and give ear, all you inhabitants of the land. Has this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?

3 Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

4 That which the cutting-locust has left the swarming-locust has eaten, that which the swarming-locust has left the licking-locust has eaten, and that which the licking-locust has left the ravaging-locust has eaten.

5 Awake, you drunkards, and weep. Howl, all you drinkers of wine, because of the new wine, for it is cut off from your mouth.

6 For a nation has come up upon my land, strong and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion and he has the cheek teeth of a great lion.

7 He has laid my vine waste and barked my fig-tree. He has made it thoroughly bare and cast it away. Its branches are made white.

8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

9 The food-offering and the drink-offering is cut off from the house of the LORD. The priests, the LORD'S ministers, mourn.

10 The field is wasted and the land mourns, for the corn is wasted. The new wine is dried up. The oil languishes.

11 Be ashamed, O farmers. Howl, O vine-dressers, 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-tree, the palm-tree, and the apple-tree, even all the trees of the field are withered, because joy has withered away from the sons of men.

13 Gird yourselves and lament, you priests. Howl, you ministers of the altar. Come, lie all night in sackcloth, you ministers of my God, for the food-offering and the drink-offering is withheld from the house of your God.

14 Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry to the LORD.

15 Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty it shall come.

16 Is the food not cut off before our eyes, and joy and gladness from the house of our God?

17 The seed has perished under their clods, the granaries are laid desolate, and the barns are broken down, for the corn has withered.

18 How the beasts groan! The herds of cattle are perplexed because they have no pasture. Even the flocks of sheep are made desolate.

19 O LORD, I will cry to you, for the fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness and the flame has burned all the trees of the field.

20 The beasts of the field also cry to you, for the rivers of waters are dried up and the fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.