Joel Chapter 1 |
1The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel.
2Listen to this, O elders,
Give ear, all inhabitants of the land.
Has the like of this happened in your days
Or in the days of your fathers?
3Tell your children about it,
And let your children tell theirs,
And their children the next generation!
4What the cutter has left, the locust has devoured;
What the locust has left, the grub has devoured;
And what the grub has left, the hopper has devoured.
5Wake up, you drunkards, and weep,
Wail, all you swillers of wine—
For the new wine that is denied you!
6For a nation has invaded my land,
Vast beyond counting,
With teeth like the teeth of a lion,
With the fangs of a lion’s breed.
7They have laid my vines waste
And splintered my fig trees:
They have stripped off their bark and thrown [it] away;
Their runners have turned white.
8Lament—like a maiden girt with sackcloth
For the husband of her youth!
9Offering and libation have ceased
From the House of the Lord;
The priests must mourn
Who minister to the Lord.
10The country is ravaged,
The ground must mourn;
For the new grain is ravaged,
The new wine is dried up,
The new oil has failed.
11Farmers are dismayed
And vine dressers wail
Over wheat and barley;
For the crops of the field are lost.
12The vine has dried up,
The fig tree withers,
Pomegranate, palm, and apple—
All the trees of the field are sear.
And joy has dried up
13Gird yourselves and lament, O priests,
Wail, O ministers of the altar;
Come, spend the night in sackcloth,
O ministers of my God.
For offering and libation are withheld
From the House of your God.
14Solemnize a fast,
Proclaim an assembly;
Gather the elders—all the inhabitants of the land—
In the House of the Lord your God,
And cry out to the Lord.
15Alas for the day!
For the day of the Lord is near;
It shall come like havoc from Shaddai.
16For food is cut off
Before our very eyes,
And joy and gladness
From the House of our God.
17The seeds have shriveled
Under their clods.
The granaries are desolate,
Barns are in ruins,
For the new grain has failed.
18How the beasts groan!
The herds of cattle are bewildered
Because they have no pasture,
And the flocks of sheep are dazed.
19To You, O Lord, I call.
For fire has consumed
The pastures in the wilderness,
And flame has devoured
All the trees of the countryside.
20The very beasts of the field
Cry out to You;
For the watercourses are dried up,
And fire has consumed
The pastures in the wilderness.