Bible: Joel 1:10-18
The ground is in mourning because the grain has perished.
The fresh wine has dried up;
the olive oil languishes.
1:11 Be distressed, 3 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 4 as well.
In fact, 5 all the trees of the field have dried up.
Indeed, the joy of the people 6 has dried up!
1:13 Get dressed 7 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. 8
1:14 Announce a holy fast; 9
proclaim a sacred assembly.
Gather the elders and 10 all the inhabitants of the land
to the temple of the
and cry out to the
1:15 How awful that day will be! 11
For the day of the
it will come as destruction from the Divine Destroyer. 12
1:16 Our food has been cut off right before our eyes! 13
There is no longer any joy or gladness in the temple of our God! 14
Storehouses have been decimated
and granaries have been torn down, for the grain has dried up.
1:18 Listen to the cattle groan! 17
The herds of livestock wander around in confusion 18
because they have no pasture.
Even the flocks of sheep are suffering.