Joel 1:17
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New International Version
The seeds are shriveled beneath the clods. The storehouses are in ruins, the granaries have been broken down, for the grain has dried up.

New Living Translation
The seeds die in the parched ground, and the grain crops fail. The barns stand empty, and granaries are abandoned.

English Standard Version
The seed shrivels under the clods; the storehouses are desolate; the granaries are torn down because the grain has dried up.

New American Standard Bible
The seeds shrivel under their clods; The storehouses are desolate, The barns are torn down, For the grain is dried up.

King James Bible
The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The seeds lie shriveled in their casings. The storehouses are in ruin, and the granaries are broken down, because the grain has withered away.

International Standard Version
Seeds shrivel within their furrows, the storehouses lie empty, and granaries stand in ruins because the grain has withered.

NET Bible
The grains of seed have shriveled beneath their shovels. Storehouses have been decimated and granaries have been torn down, for the grain has dried up.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Seeds shrivel up in their shells. Storehouses are destroyed. Barns are ruined. The grain has dried up.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The seed has rotted under their clods, the storehouses were laid desolate, the barns were destroyed for the wheat is withered.

King James 2000 Bible
The seed shrivels under the clods, the storehouses are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the grain has withered.

American King James Version
The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.

American Standard Version
The seeds rot under their clods; the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the grain is withered.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The beasts have rotted in their dung, the barns are destroyed, the storehouses are broken down: because the corn is confounded.

Darby Bible Translation
The seeds are rotten under their clods, the granaries are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.

English Revised Version
The seeds rot under their clods; the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.

Webster's Bible Translation
The seed hath perished under their clods, the granaries are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.

World English Bible
The seeds rot under their clods. The granaries are laid desolate. The barns are broken down, for the grain has withered.

Young's Literal Translation
Rotted have scattered things under their clods, Desolated have been storehouses, Broken down have been granaries, For withered hath the corn.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:14-20 The sorrow of the people is turned into repentance and humiliation before God. With all the marks of sorrow and shame, sin must be confessed and bewailed. A day is to be appointed for this purpose; a day in which people must be kept from their common employments, that they may more closely attend God's services; and there is to be abstaining from meat and drink. Every one had added to the national guilt, all shared in the national calamity, therefore every one must join in repentance. When joy and gladness are cut off from God's house, when serious godliness decays, and love waxes cold, then it is time to cry unto the Lord. The prophet describes how grievous the calamity. See even the inferior creatures suffering for our transgression. And what better are they than beasts, who never cry to God but for corn and wine, and complain of the want of the delights of sense? Yet their crying to God in those cases, shames the stupidity of those who cry not to God in any case. Whatever may become of the nations and churches that persist in ungodliness, believers will find the comfort of acceptance with God, when the wicked shall be burned up with his indignation.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The seed is rotten under their clods,.... Or "grains" (z) of wheat or barley, which had been sown, and, for want of rain, putrefied and wasted away under the clods of earth, through the great drought; so that what with locusts, which cropped that that did bud forth, and with the drought, by reason of which much of the seed sown came to nothing, an extreme famine ensued: the Targum is,

"casks of wine rotted under their coverings:''

the garners are desolate; the "treasuries" (a), or storehouses, having nothing in them, and there being nothing to put into them; Jarchi makes these to be peculiar for wine and oil, both which failed, Joel 1:10;

the barns are broken down; in which the wheat and barley had used to be laid up; but this judgment of the locusts and drought continuing year after year, the walls fell down, and, no care was taken to repair them, there being no, use for them; these were the granaries, and, as Jarchi, for wheat particularly:

for the corn is withered; that which sprung up withered and dried away, through the heat and drought: or was "ashamed" (b); not answering the expectation of the sower.

(z) "grana", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Tarnovius, Cocceius, Bochartus. So Ben Melech, who observes they are so called, because they are separated and scattered under the earth. (a) "thesauri", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Vatablus, Piscator. (b) "confusum est", V. L. "puduit", Drusius; "pudore afficit", Cocceius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. is rotten—"is dried up," "vanishes away," from an Arabic root [Maurer]. "Seed," literally, "grains." The drought causes the seeds to lose all their vitality and moisture.

garners—granaries; generally underground, and divided into separate receptacles for the different kinds of grain.

Joel 1:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Call to Repentance
16Has not food been cut off before our eyes, Gladness and joy from the house of our God? 17The seeds shrivel under their clods; The storehouses are desolate, The barns are torn down, For the grain is dried up. 18How the beasts groan! The herds of cattle wander aimlessly Because there is no pasture for them; Even the flocks of sheep suffer.…
Cross References
Matthew 6:26
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Isaiah 17:10
You have forgotten God your Savior; you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress. Therefore, though you set out the finest plants and plant imported vines,

Isaiah 17:11
though on the day you set them out, you make them grow, and on the morning when you plant them, you bring them to bud, yet the harvest will be as nothing in the day of disease and incurable pain.
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The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.

seed. Heb. grains.

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