Joel 1:9
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New International Version
Grain offerings and drink offerings are cut off from the house of the LORD. The priests are in mourning, those who minister before the LORD.

New Living Translation
For there is no grain or wine to offer at the Temple of the LORD. So the priests are in mourning. The ministers of the LORD are weeping.

English Standard Version
The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off from the house of the LORD. The priests mourn, the ministers of the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off From the house of the LORD. The priests mourn, The ministers of the LORD.

King James Bible
The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD'S ministers, mourn.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Grain and drink offerings have been cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, who are ministers of the LORD, mourn.

International Standard Version
Both grain offering and wine offering have been removed from the LORD's Temple; the priests and ministering servants of the LORD are mourning."

NET Bible
No one brings grain offerings or drink offerings to the temple of the LORD anymore. So the priests, those who serve the LORD, are in mourning.

New Heart English Bible
The meal offering and the drink offering are cut off from the LORD's house. The priests, the LORD's ministers, mourn.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Grain offerings and wine offerings are no longer brought to the LORD's temple. The priests, the LORD's servants, mourn.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The meal-offering and the drink-offering is cut off From the house of the LORD; The priests mourn, Even the LORD'S ministers.

New American Standard 1977
The grain offering and the libation are cut off
            From the house of the LORD.
            The priests mourn,
            The ministers of the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The grain offering and the drink offering of the house of the LORD has perished; the priests, the LORD's ministers, mourn.

King James 2000 Bible
The grain offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD'S ministers, mourn.

American King James Version
The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD's ministers, mourn.

American Standard Version
The meal-offering and the drink-offering are cut off from the house of Jehovah; the priests, Jehovah's ministers, mourn.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Sacrifice and libation is cut off from the house of the Lord: the priests, the Lord's ministers, have mourned:

Darby Bible Translation
The oblation and the drink-offering are cut off from the house of Jehovah; the priests, Jehovah's ministers, mourn.

English Revised Version
The meal offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD'S ministers, mourn.

Webster's Bible Translation
The meat-offering and the drink-offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD'S ministers, mourn.

World English Bible
The meal offering and the drink offering are cut off from Yahweh's house. The priests, Yahweh's ministers, mourn.

Young's Literal Translation
Cut off hath been present and libation from the house of Jehovah, Mourned have the priests, ministrants of Jehovah.
Study Bible
A Call to Mourning
8Wail like a virgin girded with sackcloth For the bridegroom of her youth. 9The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off From the house of the LORD. The priests mourn, The ministers of the LORD. 10The field is ruined, The land mourns; For the grain is ruined, The new wine dries up, Fresh oil fails.…
Cross References
Hosea 9:4
They will not pour out drink offerings of wine to the LORD, Their sacrifices will not please Him. Their bread will be like mourners' bread; All who eat of it will be defiled, For their bread will be for themselves alone; It will not enter the house of the LORD.

Joel 1:13
Gird yourselves with sackcloth And lament, O priests; Wail, O ministers of the altar! Come, spend the night in sackcloth O ministers of my God, For the grain offering and the drink offering Are withheld from the house of your God.

Joel 2:14
Who knows whether He will not turn and relent And leave a blessing behind Him, Even a grain offering and a drink offering For the LORD your God?

Joel 2:17
Let the priests, the LORD'S ministers, Weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, "Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not make Your inheritance a reproach, A byword among the nations. Why should they among the peoples say, 'Where is their God?'"
Treasury of Scripture

The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD's ministers, mourn.

meat.

Joel 1:13,16 Gird yourselves, and lament, you priests: howl, you ministers of …

Joel 2:14 Who knows if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him…

Hosea 9:4 They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD, neither shall they …

the priests.

Joel 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch …

Lamentations 1:4,16 The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: …

the Lord's.

Exodus 28:1 And take you to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from …

2 Chronicles 13:10 But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken him; …

Isaiah 61:6 But you shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you …

(9) The meat offering and the drink offering--i.e., all the outward and visible signs of communion with God are cut off. The means are lost through this visitation. There is a total cessation of "the creatures of bread and wine." The immediate significance of this fact is naturally appreciated first by "the priests, the Lord's ministers."

Verse 9. - The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the Lord; the priests, the Lord's ministers, mourn. While all the inhabitants of the land are called to lament, and have abundant cause for lamentation, different classes of society are specified, and the grounds of their sorrow particularized.

1. The meat offering and drink offering accompanied the morning and evening sacrifice, and that sacrifice, with its accompaniments, being an expression of gratitude to God by a daily presentation to him of the firstfruits of his own mercies, was a visible memorial of Jehovah's covenant with his people; while the fact of its being cut off implied the cessation or suspension of that covenant and the people's exclusion from the covenanted mercies of God.

2. But the ministering priests in particular had cause of mourning, indeed a twofold cause:

(1) their occupation was gone when there were no materials at hand wherewith to minister; their office could no longer last, as they wanted the appointed means for the discharge of its prescribed functions;

(2) their livelihood depended largely on those offerings in which they were allowed to have a share, but, when these ceased through failure of the means of supply, the support of the priests of necessity ceased also, or was so curtailed as to threaten the entire want of the means of subsistence. The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the Lord,.... The meat offering was made of fine flour, oil, and frankincense; and the drink offering was of wine; and, because of the want of corn and wine, these were not brought to the temple as usual; and which was matter of great grief to religious persons, and especially to the priests, as follows:

the priests, the Lord's ministers, mourn; partly because they had no work to do, and could not answer to their character, the ministers of the Lord, in ministering about holy things, and bringing the sacrifices and offerings of the people to him; and partly because of their want of food, their livelihood greatly depending on the offerings brought, part of which belonged to them, and on which they and their families lived. 9. The greatest sorrow to the mind of a religious Jew, and what ought to impress the whole nation with a sense of God's displeasure, is the cessation of the usual temple-worship.

meat offering—Hebrew, mincha; "meat" not in the English sense "flesh," but the unbloody offering made of flour, oil, and frankincense. As it and the drink offering or libation poured out accompanied every sacrificial flesh offering, the latter is included, though not specified, as being also "cut off," owing to there being no food left for man or beast.

priests … mourn—not for their own loss of sacrificial perquisites (Nu 18:8-15), but because they can no longer offer the appointed offerings to Jehovah, to whom they minister.1:8-13 All who labour only for the meat that perishes, will, sooner or later, be ashamed of their labour. Those that place their happiness in the delights of sense, when deprived of them, or disturbed in the enjoyment, lose their joy; whereas spiritual joy then flourishes more than ever. See what perishing, uncertain things our creature-comforts are. See how we need to live in continual dependence upon God and his providence. See what ruinous work sin makes. As far as poverty occasions the decay of piety, and starves the cause of religion among a people, it is a very sore judgment. But how blessed are the awakening judgments of God, in rousing his people and calling home the heart to Christ, and his salvation!
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