1The word of the Lord that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel:
An Invasion of Locusts
2 # [Hos. 5:1] Hear this, #ver. 14 you elders;
give ear, #ver. 14 all inhabitants of the land!
# [ch. 2:2] Has such a thing happened in your days,
or in the days of your fathers?
3 # [Ps. 78:4] Tell your children of it,
and let your children tell their children,
and their children to another generation.
4What #ch. 2:25; Amos 4:9 the cutting locust left,
# [Amos 7:1]; See Ex. 10:4 the swarming locust has eaten.
What the swarming locust left,
# ch. 2:25; Ps. 105:34; Nah. 3:15 the hopping locust has eaten,
and what the hopping locust left,
# ch. 2:25; Ps. 78:46 the destroying locust has eaten.
5Awake, you drunkards, and weep,
and #[Isa. 24:11] wail, all you drinkers of wine,
because of #ch. 3:18; Isa. 49:26; Amos 9:13the sweet wine,
for it is cut off from your mouth.
6For #ch. 2:2 a nation has come up against my land,
# ch. 2:2 powerful and beyond number;
# [Rev. 9:7, 8] its teeth are lions’ teeth,
and it has the fangs of a lioness.
7It has laid waste my vine
and splintered my #[ver. 12]fig tree;
it has stripped off their bark and thrown it down;
their branches are made white.
8Lament like a virgin#1:8 Or young woman #[ver. 13]; See 2 Sam. 3:31wearing sackcloth
for the bridegroom of her youth.
9 # ver. 13; ch. 2:14 The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off
from the house of the Lord.
# ch. 2:17; [Isa. 61:6; Ezek. 45:4] The priests mourn,
# ch. 2:17; [Isa. 61:6; Ezek. 45:4] the ministers of the Lord.
10The fields are destroyed,
# See Hos. 4:3 the ground mourns,
because #[Hos. 2:9]the grain is destroyed,
# [Hos. 2:9] the wine dries up,
the oil languishes.
11 # [Jer. 14:4] Be ashamed,#1:11 The Hebrew words for dry up and be ashamed in verses 10–12, 17 sound alike O tillers of the soil;
wail, O vinedressers,
for the wheat and the barley,
# ver. 17 because the harvest of the field has perished.
12The vine dries up;
# [ver. 7] the fig tree languishes.
Pomegranate, palm, and apple,
all the trees of the field are dried up,
and #Isa. 24:11; Jer. 48:33gladness dries up
from the children of man.
A Call to Repentance
13 # [ver. 8; Jer. 4:8] Put on sackcloth and lament, #[See ver. 9 above] O priests;
# [ver. 8; Mic. 1:8] wail, O ministers of the altar.
Go in, #[ver. 8; Jer. 4:8] pass the night in sackcloth,
# [See ver. 9 above] O ministers of my God!
# ver. 9; ch. 2:14 Because grain offering and drink offering
are withheld from the house of your God.
14 # ch. 2:15, 16; See 2 Chr. 20:3 Consecrate a fast;
# ch. 2:15, 16; See 2 Chr. 20:3 call a solemn assembly.
Gather #ver. 2the elders
and #ver. 2all the inhabitants of the land
to the house of the Lord your God,
and cry out to the Lord.
15Alas for the day!
# ch. 2:1, 11, 31; 3:14; Isa. 13:6, 9; Jer. 46:10; Ezek. 30:2, 3; Amos 5:18; Obad. 15; Zeph. 1:14, 15; Zech. 14:1; 2 Pet. 3:10 For the day of the Lord is near,
and as destruction from the Almighty#1:15 Destruction sounds like the Hebrew for Almighty it comes.
16Is not the food cut off
before our eyes,
# [Deut. 12:6, 7; 16:14, 15] joy and gladness
from the house of our God?
17 # [Mal. 2:3] The seed shrivels under the clods;#1:17 The meaning of the Hebrew line is uncertain
the storehouses are desolate;
the granaries are torn down
because #ver. 11the grain has dried up.
18How #ch. 2:22; [Jer. 12:4; Hos. 4:3]the beasts groan!
The herds of cattle are perplexed
because there is no pasture for them;
even the flocks of sheep suffer.#1:18 Or are made desolate
19To you, #Ps. 50:15 O Lord, I call.
For fire has devoured
the pastures of the wilderness,
and flame has burned
all the trees of the field.
20Even the beasts of the field #[Job 38:41; Ps. 104:21; 145:15] pant for you
because the water brooks are dried up,
# [See ver. 19 above] and fire has devoured
the pastures of the wilderness.