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Joel 1:8-18 (Holman Christian Standard)

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8 Grieve like a young woman dressed in sackcloth,a [mourning] for the husband of her youth. 9 Grain and drink offerings have been cut off from the house of the Lord; the priests, who are ministers of the Lord, mourn.b 10 The fields are destroyed; the land grieves; indeed, the grain is destroyed; the new wine is dried up; and the olive oil fails.c 11 Be ashamed, you farmers,d wail, you vinedressers,e over the wheat and the barley, because the harvest of the field has perished. 12 The grapevine is dried up, and the fig tree is withered; the pomegranate, the date palm, and the apple- all the trees of the orchard-have withered. Indeed, human joy has dried up. 13 Dress [in sackcloth] and lament, you priests; wail, you ministers of the altar. Come and spend the night in sackcloth, you ministers of my God, because grain and drink offerings are withheld from the house of your God. 14 Announce a sacred fast; proclaim an assembly! Gather the elders and all the residents of the land at the house of the Lord your God,f and cry out to the Lord.

The Day of the Lord

15 Woe because of that day! For the Day of the Lord is near and will come as devastation from the Almighty.g 16 Hasn't the food been cut off before our eyes, joy and gladnessh from the house of our God? 17 The seeds lie shriveled in their casings.i The storehouses are in ruin, and the granaries are broken down, because the grain has withered away. 18 How the animals groan! The herds of cattle wander in confusion since they have no pasture. Even the flocks of sheep suffer punishment.
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