Joel

The Invasion of Locusts

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

2Hear this, O elders;

and give ear, all who dwell in the land.

Has anything like this ever happened in your days

or in the days of your forefathers?

3Tell your children about it,

and let your children tell their children—

and their children, the next generation.

4What the devouring locust has left,

the swarming locust has eaten;

what the swarming locust has left,

the young locust has eaten;

and what the young locust has left,

the destroying locust has eaten.a

5Wake up, you drunkards, and weep;

wail, all you drinkers of wine,

because of the sweet wine,

for it has been cut off from your mouth.

6For a nation has invaded My land,

powerful and without number;

its teeth are those of a lion,

and its fangs are those of a lioness.

7It has laid waste My grapevine

and splintered My fig tree.

It has stripped off the bark and thrown it away;

the branches have turned white.

A Call to Mourning

8Wail like a virgin dressed in sackcloth,

grieving for the husband of her youth.

9Grain and drink offerings have been cut off

from the house of the LORD;

the priests are in mourning,

those who minister before the LORD.

10The field is ruined;

the land mourns;

indeed, the grain is destroyed;

the new wine is dried up, the oil fails.

11Be dismayed, O farmers,

wail, O vinedressers,

over the wheat and barley,

because the harvest of the field has perished.

12The grapevine is dried up,

and the fig tree is withered;

the pomegranate, palm, and apple—

all the trees of the orchard—

are withered.

Surely the joy of mankind has dried up.

A Call to Repentance
(Amos 5:4-15; Zephaniah 2:1-3; Luke 13:1-5)

13Put on sackcloth and lament, O priests;

wail, O ministers of the altar.

Come, spend the night in sackcloth,

O ministers of my God,

because the grain and drink offerings

are withheld from the house of your God.

14Consecrate a fast;

proclaim a solemn assembly!

Gather the elders

and all the residents of the land

to the house of the LORD your God,

and cry out to the LORD.

15Alas for the day!

For the Day of the LORD is near,

and it will come

like destruction from the Almighty.b

16Has not the food been cut off

before our very eyes—

joy and gladness

from the house of our God?

17The seeds lie shriveled beneath the clods;

the storehouses are in ruins;

the granaries are broken down,

for the grain has withered away.

18How the cattle groan!

The herds wander in confusion

because they have no pasture.

Even the flocks of sheep are suffering.

19To You, O LORD, I call,

for fire has consumed the open pastures

and flames have scorched

all the trees of the field.

20Even the beasts of the field pant for You,

for the streams of water have dried up,

and fire has consumed the open pastures.

Footnotes:

4 a The precise identification of the four kinds of locusts mentioned here is uncertain.
15 b Hebrew Shaddai

Joel 2

The Army of Locusts
(Amos 7:1-9)

1Blow the trumpet in Zion;

sound the alarm on My holy mountain!

Let all who dwell in the land tremble,

for the Day of the LORD is coming;

in fact, it is at hand—

2a day of darkness and gloom,

a day of clouds and blackness.

Like the dawn overspreading the mountains

a great and strong people appears,

such as never was of old,

nor will ever be in ages to come.

3Before them a fire devours,

and behind them a flame scorches.

The land before them is like the Garden of Eden,

but behind them, it is like a desert wasteland—

surely nothing will escape them.

4Their appearance is like that of horses,

and they gallop like swift steeds.

5With a sound like that of chariots

they bound over the mountaintops,

like the crackling of fire consuming stubble,

like a mighty army deployed for battle.

6Nations writhe in horror before them;

every face turns pale.

7They charge like mighty men;

they scale walls like men of war.

Each one marches in formation,

not swerving from the course.

8They do not jostle one another;

each man proceeds in his column,

as they burst through the defenses,

never breaking ranks.

9They storm the city;

they run along the wall;

they climb into houses,

entering through windows like thieves.

10Before them the earth quakes;

the heavens tremble.

The sun and moon grow dark,

and the stars lose their brightness.

11The LORD raises His voice

in the presence of His army.

Indeed, His camp is very large,

for mighty are those who obey His command.

For the day of the LORD is great

and very dreadful. Who can endure it?

Return with All Your Heart

12Yet even now,

declares the LORD,

return to Me with all your heart,

with fasting, weeping, and mourning.

13So rend your hearts and not your garments,

and return to the LORD your God.

For He is gracious and compassionate,

slow to anger,

and abounding in loving devotion.

And He relents from sending disaster.

14Who knows? He may turn and relent

and leave a blessing behind Him—

grain and drink offerings

to the LORD your God.

15Blow the trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast,

proclaim a sacred assembly.

16Gather the people,

sanctify the congregation,

assemble the aged, gather the children,

even those nursing at the breast.

Let the bridegroom leave his room,

and the bride her chamber.

17Let the priests who minister before the LORD

weep between the porch and the altar,

saying, “Spare Your people, O LORD,

and do not make Your heritage a reproach,

an object of scorn among the nations.

Why should they say among the peoples,

‘Where is their God?’”

Restoration Promised

18Then the LORD became jealous for His land

and spared His people.

19And the LORD answered His people:

“Behold, I will send you

grain, new wine, and oil.

And by them you will be satisfied

and I will no longer make you

a reproach among the nations.

20But the northern army I will remove far from you,

banishing it to a barren and desolate land,

its front ranks into the eastern sea,

and its rear guard into the western sea.

And its stench will rise;

its foul odor will go up.

For He has done great things.

21Do not be afraid, O land;

rejoice and be glad,

for the LORD has done great things.

22Do not be afraid, O beasts of the field,

for the open pastures have turned green,

the trees bear their fruit,

and the fig tree and vine yield to their fullest.

23Be glad, O children of Zion,

and rejoice in the LORD your God,

for He has given you the autumn rains

for your vindication.

He sends you showers,

both autumn and spring rains, as before.

24The threshing floors will be full of grain,

and the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.

25I will repay you for the years

that the swarming locusts have eaten—

the young locust, the destroying locust, and the devouring locusta

My great army that I sent against you.

26You will have plenty to eat,

until you are satisfied.

You will praise the name of the LORD your God,

who has worked wonders for you.

My people will never again

be put to shame.

27Then you will know that I am present in Israel

and that I am the LORD your God,

and there is no other.

My people will never again

be put to shame.

I Will Pour Out My Spirit
(John 14:15-26; John 16:5-16; Acts 2:1-13; Acts 10:44-48; Acts 19:1-7)

28And afterward, I will pour out My Spirit on all people.

Your sons and daughters will prophesy,

your old men will dream dreams,

your young men will see visions.

29Even on My menservants and maidservants,

I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

30I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth,

blood and fire and columns of smoke.

31The sun will be turned to darkness

and the moon to blood

before the coming

of the great and awesome day of the LORD.

32And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved,

for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem

there will be deliverance, as the LORD promised,

among the remnant called by the LORD.

Footnotes:

25 a The precise identification of the four kinds of locusts mentioned here is uncertain.

Joel 3

The LORD Judges the Nations

1Yes, in those days and at that time,

when I restore from captivitya Judah and Jerusalem,

2I will gather all the nations

and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.b

There I will enter into judgment against them

concerning My people, My inheritance, Israel,

whom they have scattered among the nations

as they divided up My land.

3They cast lots for My people;

they bartered a boy for a prostitute

and sold a girl for wine to drink.

4Now what have you against Me, O Tyre, Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia—are you rendering Me a recompense? But if you retaliate against Me, I will swiftly and speedily return retribution on your heads. 5For you took My silver and gold and carried off My finest treasures to your temples.c 6You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, to send them far from their homeland.

7Behold, I will rouse them from the places to which you sold them; I will return retribution on your heads. 8I will sell your sons and daughters into the hands of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a distant nation.”

Indeed, the LORD has spoken.

9Proclaim this among the nations:

“Prepare for war; rouse the mighty men;

let all the men of war

advance and attack!

10Beat your plowshares into swords

and your pruning hooks into spears.

Let the weak say, ‘I am strong!’

11Come quickly, all you nations on every side

and gather yourselves.

Bring down Your mighty ones, O LORD.

12Let the nations be roused

and advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat,

for there I will sit down

to judge all the nations on every side.

13Swing the sickle,

for the harvest is ripe.

Come, trample the grapes,

for the winepress is full;

the wine vats overflow

because their wickedness is great.

14Multitudes, multitudes

in the valley of decision!

For the Day of the LORD is near

in the valley of decision.

15The sun and moon grow dark,

and the stars no longer shine.

16The LORD will roar from Zion

and raise His voice from Jerusalem;

heaven and earth will tremble.

But the LORD will be a refuge for His people,

a stronghold for the people of Israel.

Blessings for God's People

17Then you will know that I am the LORD your God,

who dwells in Zion, My holy mountain.

Jerusalem will be holy,

never again to be overrun by foreigners.

18And in that day the mountains will drip with sweet wine,

and the hills will flow with milk.

All the streams of Judah will run with water,

and a spring will flow from the house of the LORD

to water the Valley of Acacias.d

19Egypt will become desolate,

and Edom a desert wasteland,

because of the violence done to the people of Judah,

in whose land they shed innocent blood.

20But Judah will be inhabited forever,

and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

21For I will acquit their bloodguilt

which I have not yet acquitted.e

For the LORD dwells in Zion.

Footnotes:

1 a Or restore the fortunes of
2 b Jehoshaphat means the LORD judges; also in verse 12
5 c Or palaces
18 d Or Valley of Shittim
21 e Or I will avenge their bloodshed which I have not yet avenged


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