Joel 1 NIV

1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel son of Pethuel.

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An Invasion of Locusts

2 Hear this, you elders; listen, all who live in the land. Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your ancestors?

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3 Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.

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4 What the locust swarm has left the great locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left the young locusts have eaten; what the young locusts have left other locustsa have eaten.

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    • a 1:4 - The precise meaning of the four Hebrew words used here for locusts is uncertain.
      5 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep! Wail, all you drinkers of wine; wail because of the new wine, for it has been snatched from your lips.

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      6 A nation has invaded my land, a mighty army without number; it has the teeth of a lion, the fangs of a lioness.

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      7 It has laid waste my vines and ruined my fig trees. It has stripped off their bark and thrown it away, leaving their branches white.

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      8 Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth grieving for the betrothed of her youth.

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      9 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.

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      10 The fields are ruined, the ground is dried up; the grain is destroyed, the new wine is dried up, the olive oil fails.

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      11 Despair, you farmers, wail, you vine growers; grieve for the wheat and the barley, because the harvest of the field is destroyed.

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      12 The vine is dried up and the fig tree is withered; the pomegranate, the palm and the appleb tree— all the trees of the field—are dried up. Surely the people’s joy is withered away.

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        • b 1:12 - Or possibly "apricot"

          A Call to Lamentation

          13 Put on sackcloth, you priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings and drink offerings are withheld from the house of your God.

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          14 Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.

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          15 Alas for that day! For the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.c

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          16 Has not the food been cut off before our very eyes— joy and gladness from the house of our God?

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          17 The seeds are shriveled beneath the clods.dThe storehouses are in ruins, the granaries have been broken down, for the grain has dried up.

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            • d 1:17 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
              18 How the cattle moan! The herds mill about because they have no pasture; even the flocks of sheep are suffering.

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              19 To you, LORD, I call, for fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness and flames have burned up all the trees of the field.

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              20 Even the wild animals pant for you; the streams of water have dried up and fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness.

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