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Joel 1:2-14 (New American Standard)

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2 1Hear this, O 2elders, And listen, all inhabitants of the land. 3Has anything like this happened in your days Or in your fathers' days? 3 4Tell your sons about it, And let your sons tell their sons, And their sons the next generation. 4 What the 5gnawing locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten; And what the 6swarming locust has left, the creeping locust has eaten; And what the creeping locust has left, the 7stripping locust has eaten. 5 Awake, 8drunkards, and weep; And wail, all you wine drinkers, On account of the sweet wine That is 9cut off from your mouth. 6 For a 10nation has ainvaded my land, Mighty and without number; 11Its teeth are the teeth of a lion, And it has the fangs of a lioness. 7 It has 12made my vine a waste And my fig tree bsplinters. It has stripped them bare and cast them away; Their branches have become white. 8 13Wail like a virgin 14girded with sackcloth For the bridegroom of her youth. 9 The 15grain offering and the drink offering are cut off From the house of the LORD. The 16priests mourn, The ministers of the LORD. 10 The field is 17ruined, 18The land mourns; For the grain is ruined, The new wine dries up, Fresh oil cfails. 11 d19Be ashamed, O farmers, Wail, O vinedressers, For the wheat and the barley; Because the 20harvest of the field is destroyed. 12 The 21vine dries up And the fig tree efails; The 22pomegranate, the 23palm also, and the f24apple tree, All the trees of the field dry up. Indeed, 25rejoicing dries up From the sons of men. 13 26Gird yourselves 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 drink offering Are withheld from the house of your God.

Starvation and Drought

14 29Consecrate a fast, Proclaim a 30solemn assembly; Gather the elders And all the inhabitants of the land To the house of the LORD your God, And 31cry out to the LORD.
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