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The Coming Invasion
2“Hear this, you elders!
Listen, all of you residents of the land!
Has there ever been anything like this during your lifetime,b
or even when your ancestors were alive?c
3Pass it on to your children,
and fromd your children to their children,
and frome their children to the following generation.
4Whatever the devouring locust left behind
the locust swarm has consumed!
Whatever the locust swarm has left behind,
the young locustf has consumed!
Whatever the young locustg has left behind,
the ravaging locust has consumed!”
A Call to Mourning
5“Wake up, you drunkards!
Cry aloud and howl, you wine drinkers,
because your supply of new wine has been snatched from you.h
6Indeed, a nation has invaded my land—
it is strong and its population is too large to counti —
with teeth like a lion
and fangsj like a lioness.
and stripped bare my fig tree,
It stripped offl its bark.
8“Grieve like a virgin,
who, dressed in her mourner’s clothes,m
the priests and ministering servants of the LORD are mourning.”
The Coming Famine
10“The fields lie in ruins
and the ground is dried up.q
Indeed, the grain is ruined,
the new wine has evaporated,
and the olive oil has run out.
11Be dismayed, you farmers!
Cry aloud, you vintners,
for the wheat and barley,
because the harvest in your fields has been lost.
12The grapevine is shriveled
and the fig tree is withered,
along with the pomegranate tree, the palm tree, the apple tree
and all of the cultivated trees.r
Truly, joy has evaporated from Adam’s children.”s
A Call to Mourn and Repent
13“Put on your mourning clothes, you priests;
and cry aloud, you ministering servants at the altar!
Come! Stay the night in mourner’s clothes,t you ministers of my God,
because the grain offering and the wine offering is held back from the Temple of your God.
14Set apart time for a fast!
Call a solemn assembly!
Gather the elders and everyone living in the land to the Temple of the LORD your God,
and cry out to the LORD!”
A Lament about the Day of the LORD
15Oh, no! For the Day of the LORD approaches,
and like destruction from the Almighty, it will come!
along with joy and gladness from the Temple of our God?
17Seeds shrivel within their furrows,
the storehouses lie empty,
and granaries stand in ruins
because the grain has withered.
18Oh, how the livestock groan!
The herds of cattlev wander about
because they have no pasture.
Even flocks of sheep suffer!
19To you, LORD, I cry out,
because fire has devoured the open pastures,
and has set all the cultivated treesw ablaze.
20The livestock also cries out to you,
because their water sources have evaporated
and because fire has consumed the open pastures.
a 1:1 The Heb. name Joel means The LORD is God
b 1:2 Lit. this in your days
c 1:2 Lit. even in the days of your ancestors
d 1:3 The Heb. lacks from
e 1:3 The Heb. lacks from
f 1:4 Or caterpillar
g 1:4 Or caterpillar
h 1:5 Lit. from your lips
i 1:6 Lit. and innumerable
j 1:6 Or jaws
k 1:7 Lit. It
l 1:7 Lit. made white
m 1:8 Or in sackcloth
n 1:8 The Heb. lacks in memory
o 1:8 Lit. the husband of her youth
p 1:9 Or house; and so throughout the book
q 1:10 Or ground mourns
r 1:12 Lit. the trees of the field
s 1:12 Lit. from sons of mankind
t 1:13 Or in sackcloth
u 1:16 Lit. cut off before our eyes
v 1:18 Or oxen
w 1:19 Lit. the trees of the field