Joel 1:1-9 (New International Version)

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1 The word of the LORD that came1 to Joel2 son of Pethuel.

An Invasion of Locusts

2 Hear this,3 you elders;4 listen, all who live in the land.5 Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your forefathers?6 3 Tell it to your children,7 and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.8 4 What the locust9 swarm has left the great locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left the young locusts have eaten; what the young locusts have left10 other locustsa have eaten.11 5 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep! Wail, all you drinkers of wine;12 wail because of the new wine, for it has been snatched13 from your lips. 6 A nation has invaded my land, powerful and without number;14 it has the teeth15 of a lion, the fangs of a lioness. 7 It has laid waste16 my vines and ruined my fig trees.17 It has stripped off their bark and thrown it away, leaving their branches white. 8 Mourn like a virginb in sackcloth18 grieving for the husbandc of her youth. 9 Grain offerings and drink offerings19 are cut off from the house of the LORD. The priests are in mourning,20 those who minister before the LORD.
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