Bible: Joel. 2:1-11; 3:1-17
The Locusts’ Devastation
2:1 Blow the trumpet 1 in Zion;
sound the alarm signal on my holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land shake with fear,
for the day of the
a day of foreboding storm clouds, 6
like blackness 7 spread over the mountains.
It is a huge and powerful army 8 –
there has never been anything like it ever before,
and there will not be anything like it for many generations to come! 9
2:3 Like fire they devour everything in their path; 10
a flame blazes behind them.
The land looks like the Garden of Eden 11 before them,
but behind them there is only a desolate wilderness –
for nothing escapes them! 12
2:4 They look like horses; 13
they charge ahead like war horses.
like the crackling 16 of blazing fire consuming stubble,
All of their faces turn pale with fright. 22
they scale walls like soldiers. 25
Each one proceeds on his course;
they do not alter 26 their path.
2:8 They do not jostle one another; 27
each of them marches straight ahead. 28
and do not break ranks.
2:9 They rush into 31 the city;
they scale 32 its walls.
They climb up into the houses;
they go in through the windows like a thief.
the sky reverberates. 35
The sun and the moon grow dark;
the stars refuse to shine. 36
Surely his command is carried out! 41
Yes, the day of the
and very terrifying – who can survive 43 it?
The Temptation and the Fall
than any of the wild animals 4 that the
3:6 When 15 the woman saw that the tree produced fruit that was good for food, 16 was attractive 17 to the eye, and was desirable for making one wise, 18 she took some of its fruit and ate it. 19 She also gave some of it to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. 20 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
The Judgment Oracles of God at the Fall
3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the
“Because you have done this,
cursed 37 are you above all the wild beasts
and all the living creatures of the field!
On your belly you will crawl 38
and dust you will eat 39 all the days of your life.
3:15 And I will put hostility 40 between you and the woman
and between your offspring and her offspring; 41
her offspring will attack 42 your head,
3:16 To the woman he said,
with pain you will give birth to children.
You will want to control your husband, 48
but he will dominate 49 you.”
3:17 But to Adam 50 he said,
“Because you obeyed 51 your wife
and ate from the tree about which I commanded you,
‘You must not eat from it,’
in painful toil you will eat 54 of it all the days of your life.