21Hearthis, O 2elders, And listen, allinhabitants of the land. 3Has anything like thishappened in your daysOr in your fathers'days?
34Tell your sons about it, And let your sons tell their sons, And their sons the nextgeneration.
4What the 5gnawinglocust has left, the swarminglocust has eaten; And what the 6swarminglocust has left, the creepinglocust has eaten; And what the creepinglocust has left, the 7strippinglocust has eaten.
5Awake, 8drunkards, and weep; And wail, all you winedrinkers, On account of the sweetwine That is 9cutoff from your mouth.
For a 10nation has ainvaded my land, Mighty and withoutnumber; 11Its teeth are the teeth of a lion, And it has the fangs of a lioness.
It has 12made my vine a waste And my figtreebsplinters. It has stripped them bare and cast them away; Their branches have becomewhite.
813Wail like a virgin14girded with sackcloth For the bridegroom of her youth.
The 15grain offering and the drinkoffering are cutoff From the house of the LORD. The 16priestsmourn, The ministers of the LORD.
The field is 17ruined, 18The landmourns; For the grain is ruined, The newwinedries up, Freshoilcfails.
11d19Be ashamed, O farmers, Wail, O vinedressers, For the wheat and the barley; Because the 20harvest of the field is destroyed.
The 21vinedries up And the figtreeefails; The 22pomegranate, the 23palmalso, and the f24appletree, All the trees of the fielddry up. Indeed, 25rejoicingdries up From the sons of men.
1326Girdyourselves with sackcloth And lament, O priests; 27Wail, O ministers of the altar! Come, 28spend the night in sackcloth O ministers of my God, For the grain offering and the drinkoffering Are withheld from the house of your God.