Joel 1:8-18 NIV

8 Mourn like a virgina in sackcloth1 grieving for the husbandb of her youth.

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    • b 1:8 - Or "young woman"
    • c 1:8 - Or "betrothed"
      9 Grain offerings and drink offerings2 are cut off from the house of the LORD. The priests are in mourning,3 those who minister before the LORD.

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      10 The fields are ruined, the ground is dried upc;4 the grain is destroyed, the new wine5 is dried up, the oil fails.6

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        • d 1:10 - Or "ground mourns"
          11 Despair, you farmers,7 wail, you vine growers; grieve for the wheat and the barley,8 because the harvest of the field is destroyed.9

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          12 The vine is dried up and the fig tree is withered;10 the pomegranate,11 the palm and the apple tree-- all the trees of the field--are dried up.12 Surely the joy of mankind is withered away.

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          A Call to Repentance

          13 Put on sackcloth,13 O priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister14 before the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings and drink offerings15 are withheld from the house of your God.

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          14 Declare a holy fast;16 call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land17 to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out18 to the LORD.19

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          15 Alas for that20 day! For the day of the LORD 21 is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.d22

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          16 Has not the food been cut off23 before our very eyes-- joy and gladness24 from the house of our God?25

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          17 The seeds are shriveled beneath the clods.e26 The storehouses are in ruins, the granaries have been broken down, for the grain has dried up.

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            • f 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;27 even the flocks of sheep are suffering.28

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