1The word of the Lord that came #Hs 1:1Mc 1:1Zph 1:1 to Joel son of Pethuel:
A Plague of Locusts
2Hear this, #Hs 4:1|NoBook| 5:1 you elders;
listen, all you inhabitants of the land.
Has anything like this ever happened in your days #Dt 4:32Jr 2:10Mk 2:12
or in the days of your ancestors?
3Tell your children about it, #Ex 10:2Jos 4:22Ps 78:4
and let your children tell their children,
and their children the next generation.
4What the devouring locust #Ex 10:4Jl 2:25Am 4:9 has left,
the swarming locust has eaten;
what the swarming locust has left,
the young locust #Ps 105:34Nah 3:15-16 has eaten;
and what the young locust has left,
the destroying locust #Ps 78:46Is 33:4 has eaten.
5Wake up, you drunkards, #Jl 3:3 and weep;
wail, all you wine drinkers,
because of the sweet wine,
for it has been taken from your mouth.
6For a nation has invaded My land, #Jl 2:2
powerful and without number;
its teeth are the teeth of a lion,
and it has the fangs of a lioness. #Rv 9:7-8
7It has devastated My grapevine
and splintered My fig tree.
It has stripped off its bark and thrown it away;
its branches have turned white.
8Grieve like a young woman dressed in sackcloth, #Is 22:12Jr 4:8|NoBook| 6:26
mourning for the husband of her youth.
9Grain and drink offerings have been cut off #Hs 9:4Jl 2:14
from the house of the Lord;
the priests, who are ministers of the Lord, mourn. #Hs 10:5Jl 2:17
10The fields are destroyed; #Is 24:4
the land grieves;
indeed, the grain is destroyed;
the new wine is dried up; #Hs 9:2
and the olive oil fails. #Dt 28:51Hs 2:8-13Hg 1:11
11Be ashamed, you farmers, #Jr 14:4|NoBook| 51:23Am 5:16
wail, you vinedressers, # Or The farmers are dismayed, the vinedressers wail
over the wheat and the barley,
because the harvest of the field has perished. #Is 17:11Jr 9:12
12The grapevine is dried up, #Hab 3:17
and the fig tree is withered;
the pomegranate, #Hg 2:19 the date palm, #Sg 7:8 and the apple #Sg 2:3 —
all the trees of the orchard — have withered.
Indeed, human joy has dried up. #Is 16:10|NoBook| 24:11
13Dress in sackcloth and lament, #Jr 4:8Ezk 7:18 you priests; #Jl 2:17
wail, #Jr 9:10 you ministers of the altar.
Come and spend the night in sackcloth, #1Kg 21:27
you ministers of my God,
because grain and drink offerings
are withheld from the house of your God.
14Announce a sacred fast; #Jl 2:15-16
proclaim an assembly!
Gather the elders #Jl 1:2
and all the residents of the land
at the house of the Lord your God, #2Ch 20:3Neh 9:1Jr 36:6
and cry out to the Lord. #Jnh 3:8
The Day of the Lord
15Woe because of that day! #Jr 30:7Am 5:16
For the Day of the Lord is near
and will come as devastation from the Almighty. #Is 13:6Ezk 30:2-3Jl 2:1-2
16Hasn’t the food been cut off
before our eyes, #Is 3:7
joy and gladness #Is 16:10Jr 48:33
from the house of our God?
17The seeds lie shriveled in their casings. # Or clods ; Hb obscure #Is 17:10-11
The storehouses are in ruin,
and the granaries are broken down,
because the grain has withered away.
18How the animals groan! #1Kg 18:5Jr 12:414:5-6Hs 4:3
The herds of cattle wander in confusion
since they have no pasture.
Even the flocks of sheep suffer punishment.
19I call to You, Lord, #Ps 50:15Mc 7:7
for fire has consumed
the pastures of the wilderness, #Jr 9:10Am 7:4
and flames have devoured
all the trees of the countryside.
20Even the wild animals cry out to # Or animals pant for ; Hb obscure You, #Ps 104:21|NoBook| 147:9
for the river beds are dried up, #1Kg 17:7|NoBook| 18:5
and fire has consumed
the pastures of the wilderness.
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