Joel 1:2-12 NIV

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 locusts 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 apple 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"