Bible: Joel 1

Introduction

1:1 This 1  is the Lord’s message 2  that was given 3 

to Joel 4  the son of Pethuel:

A Locust Plague Foreshadows the Day of the Lord

1:2 Listen to this, you elders; 5 

pay attention, 6  all inhabitants of the land.

Has anything like this ever happened in your whole life 7 

or in the lifetime 8  of your ancestors? 9 

1:3 Tell your children 10  about it,

have your children tell their children,

and their children the following generation. 11 

1:4 What the gazam-locust left the ‘arbeh-locust consumed, 12 

what the ‘arbeh-locust left the yeleq-locust consumed,

and what the yeleq-locust left the hasil-locust consumed! 13 

1:5 Wake up, you drunkards, 14  and weep!

Wail, all you wine drinkers, 15 

because the sweet wine 16  has been taken away 17  from you. 18 

1:6 For a nation 19  has invaded 20  our 21  land.

There are so many of them they are too numerous to count. 22 

Their teeth are like those 23  of a lion;

they tear apart their prey like a lioness. 24 

1:7 They 25  have destroyed our 26  vines; 27 

they have turned our 28  fig trees into mere splinters.

They have completely stripped off the bark 29  and thrown them aside;

the 30  twigs are stripped bare. 31 

A Call to Lament

1:8 Wail 32  like a young virgin 33  clothed in sackcloth,

lamenting the death of 34  her husband-to-be. 35 

1:9 No one brings grain offerings or drink offerings

to the temple 36  of the Lord anymore. 37 

So the priests, those who serve the Lord, are in mourning.

1:10 The crops of the fields 38  have been destroyed. 39 

The ground is in mourning because the grain has perished.

The fresh wine has dried up;

the olive oil languishes.

1:11 Be distressed, 40  farmers;

wail, vinedressers, over the wheat and the barley.

For the harvest of the field has perished.

1:12 The vine has dried up;

the fig tree languishes

the pomegranate, date, and apple 41  as well.

In fact, 42  all the trees of the field have dried up.

Indeed, the joy of the people 43  has dried up!

1:13 Get dressed 44  and lament, you priests!

Wail, you who minister at the altar!

Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you servants of my God,

because no one brings grain offerings or drink offerings

to the temple of your God anymore. 45 

1:14 Announce a holy fast; 46 

proclaim a sacred assembly.

Gather the elders and 47  all the inhabitants of the land

to the temple of the Lord your God,

and cry out to the Lord.

1:15 How awful that day will be! 48 

For the day of the Lord is near;

it will come as destruction from the Divine Destroyer. 49 

1:16 Our food has been cut off right before our eyes! 50 

There is no longer any joy or gladness in the temple of our God! 51 

1:17 The grains of seed 52  have shriveled beneath their shovels. 53 

Storehouses have been decimated

and granaries have been torn down, for the grain has dried up.

1:18 Listen to the cattle groan! 54 

The herds of livestock wander around in confusion 55 

because they have no pasture.

Even the flocks of sheep are suffering.

1:19 To you, O Lord, I call out for help, 56 

for fire 57  has burned up 58  the grassy pastures, 59 

flames have razed 60  all the trees in the fields.

1:20 Even the wild animals 61  cry out to you; 62 

for the river beds 63  have dried up;

fire has destroyed 64  the grassy pastures. 65 

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