The word of the LORD that came1 to Joel2 son of Pethuel.
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
Tell it to your children,7 and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.8
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 locusts have eaten.11
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.
A nation has invaded my land, powerful and without number;14 it has the teeth15 of a lion, the fangs of a lioness.
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.
Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth18 grieving for the husband of her youth.
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.
The fields are ruined, the ground is dried up;21 the grain is destroyed, the new wine22 is dried up, the oil fails.23
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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