Joel 1

The Devastation of Locusts

1The a  word of the  Lord that came to b  Joel, the son of Pethuel: 2 c  Hear this, O d  elders,
And listen, all inhabitants of the land.
e  Has anything like this happened in your days
Or in your fathers’ days?
3 f  Tell your sons about it,
And let your sons tell their sons,
And their sons the next generation.

4What the g  gnawing locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten;
And what the h  swarming locust has left, the creeping locust has eaten;
And what the creeping locust has left, the i  stripping locust has eaten.
5Awake j  drunkards, and weep;
And wail, all you wine drinkers,
On account of the sweet wine
That is k  cut off from your mouth.
6For a l  nation has
Lit come up against
invaded my land,
Mighty and without number;
n  Its teeth are the teeth of a lion,
And it has the fangs of a lioness.
7It has o  made my vine a waste
And my fig tree
Or a stump
It has stripped them bare and cast them away;
Their branches have become white.

8 q  Wail like a virgin r  girded with sackcloth
For the bridegroom of her youth.
9The s  grain offering and the drink offering are cut off
From the house of the  Lord.
The t  priests mourn,
The ministers of the  Lord.
10The field is u  ruined,
v  The land mourns;
For the grain is ruined,
The new wine dries up,
Fresh oil
Lit wastes away
Or The farmers are ashamed, The vinedressers wail
y  Be ashamed, O farmers,
Wail, O vinedressers,
For the wheat and the barley;
Because the z  harvest of the field is destroyed.
12The aa  vine dries up
And the fig tree
Lit wastes away
The ac  pomegranate, the ad  palm also, and the
Or apricot
af  apple tree,
All the trees of the field dry up.
Indeed ag  rejoicing dries up
From the sons of men.

13 ah  Gird yourselves with sackcloth
And lament, O priests;
ai  Wail, O ministers of the altar!
Come aj  spend the night in sackcloth
O ministers of my God,
For the grain offering and the drink offering
Are withheld from the house of your God.

Starvation and Drought

14 ak  Consecrate a fast,
Proclaim a al  solemn assembly;
Gather the elders
And all the inhabitants of the land
To the house of the  Lord your God,
And am  cry out to the  Lord.
15 an  Alas for the day!
For the ao  day of the  Lord is near,
And it will come as ap  destruction from the
Heb Shaddai
16Has not ar  food been cut off before our eyes,
Gladness and as  joy from the house of our God?
Or dried figs
au  seeds shrivel under their
Or shovels
The storehouses are desolate,
The barns are torn down,
For the grain is dried up.
18How aw  the beasts groan!
The herds of cattle wander aimlessly
Because there is no pasture for them;
Even the flocks of sheep
Lit bear punishment
19 ay  To You, O  Lord, I cry;
For az  fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness
And the flame has burned up all the trees of the field.
20Even the beasts of the field
Lit long for
bb  pant for You;
For the bc  water brooks are dried up
And fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

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