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Joel 1

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 1 This is the word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.

 2 "Hear this you old men, and give ear all you inhabitants of the land! Has anything like this ever happened in your days or even in the days of your fathers?

 3 Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children; and let their children tell another generation.

 4 What the crawling locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten; and what the swarming locust has left, the cankerworm has eaten; and what the cankerworm has left, the caterpillar has eaten.

 5 Awake you drunkards and weep, and wail all you drinkers of wine because the new wine is cut off from your mouth.

 6 For a strong nation without number has invaded my land, whose teeth are like the teeth of a lion; it has the teeth of a great lion.

 7 He has laid waste my vine and ruined my fig tree; he has stripped them bare and thrown them away; their branches are made white.

 8 Like a virgin girded with sackcloth, laments for the husband of her youth.

 9 The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests and the LORD's ministers mourn.

 10 The field is wasted, the land mourns for the grain is destroyed, the new wine is dried up, and the oil fails.

 11 Be ashamed, O you farmers; wail, O you vine dressers; wail for the wheat and for the barley because the harvest of the field has perished.

 12 The vine is dried up, and the fig tree fails. The pomegranate tree, the palm tree, the apple tree, and all the trees of the field are withered; so that joy has withered away from the sons of men.

 13 Gird yourselves and lament, you priests; wail, you ministers of the altar; come, lie all night in sackcloth, you ministers of my God, for the grain offering and the drink offering are withheld from the house of your God.

 14 Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God and cry to the LORD.

 15 Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is at hand, and it shall come like destruction from the Almighty.

 16 Has not the food been cut off before our eyes; yes, alng with joy and gladness removed from the house of our God?

 17 The seed is rotten under the clods, the storehouses are laid desolate, and he barns are broken down because the grain has withered.

 18 How the beasts groan! The herds of cattle are perplexed because they have no pasture; even the flocks of sheep are made desolate.

 19 O LORD, to you I will cry, for the fire has devoured the open pastures, and the flame has burned up all the trees of the field.

 20 Even the wild beasts cry to you because the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire has devoured the open pastures.


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