Joel, Chapter 1

1:1 The word of Yahweh that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.
1:2 Hear this, you+ old men, and give ear, all you+ inhabitants of the land. Has this been in your+ days, or in the days of your+ fathers?
1:3 Tell+ your+ sons of it, and [let] your+ sons [tell] their sons, and their sons another generation.
1:4 That which the palmer-worm has left has the locust eaten; and that which the locust has left has the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm has left has the caterpillar eaten.
1:5 Awake, you+ drunkards, and weep; and wail, all you+ drinkers of wine, because of the sweet wine; for it is cut off from your+ mouth.
1:6 For a nation has come up on my land, strong, and without number; his teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he has the jaw-teeth of a lioness.
1:7 He has laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he has made it clean bare, and cast it away; its branches are made white.
1:8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.
1:9 The meal-offering and the drink-offering are cut off from the house of Yahweh; the priests, Yahweh's ministers, mourn.
1:10 The field is laid waste, the land mourns; for the grain is destroyed, the new wine is dried up, the oil languishes.
1:11 Be confounded, O you+ husbandmen, wail, O you+ vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; for the harvest of the field has perished.
1:12 The vine is withered, and the fig tree languishes; the pomegranate-tree, the palm-tree also, and the apple-tree, even all the trees of the field are withered: for joy has withered away from the sons of man.
1:13 Gird yourselves [with sackcloth], and lament, you+ priests; wail, you+ ministers of the altar; come, lie all night in sackcloth, you+ ministers of my God: for the meal-offering and the drink-offering are withheld from the house of your+ God.
1:14 Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the old men [and] all the inhabitants of the land to the house of Yahweh your+ God, and cry to Yahweh.
1:15 Alas for the day! For the day of Yahweh is at hand, and as destruction from the Almighty it will come.
1:16 Is not the food cut off before our eyes, [yes,] joy and gladness from the house of our God?
1:17 The seeds rot under their clods; the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the grain is withered.
1:18 How the beasts groan! The herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yes, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.
1:19 O Yahweh, to you I will cry; for the fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame has burned all the trees of the field.
1:20 Yes, the beasts of the field pant to you; for the water brooks are dried up, and the fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

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