Joel 1:1-11 NIV

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

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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

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3 Tell it to your children,7 and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.8

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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

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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;12 wail because of the new wine, for it has been snatched13 from your lips.

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      6 A nation has invaded my land, powerful and without number;14 it has the teeth15 of a lion, the fangs of a lioness.

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      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.

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      8 Mourn like a virginb in sackcloth18 grieving for the husbandc of her youth.

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        • b 1:8 - Or "young woman"
        • c 1:8 - Or "betrothed"
          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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          10 The fields are ruined, the ground is dried upd;21 the grain is destroyed, the new wine22 is dried up, the oil fails.23

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            • d 1:10 - Or "ground mourns"
              11 Despair, you farmers,24 wail, you vine growers; grieve for the wheat and the barley,25 because the harvest of the field is destroyed.26

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