1 The word of the LORD that went to Joel the son of Pethuel.
2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the earth. Has this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?
3 Tell your sons of it, and let your sons tell their sons, and their sons another generation.
4 That which the palmerworm has left the locust has eaten; and that which the locust has left the cankerworm has eaten; and that which the cankerworm has left the caterpillar has eaten.
5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.
6 For a people has come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he has the molars of a great lion.
7 He has laid my vine waste and barked my fig tree: he has made it clean bare and cast it away; its branches are made white.
8 Lament like a young woman girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.
9 The grain offering and the drink offering of the house of the LORD has perished; the priests, the LORD’s ministers, mourn.
10 The field was destroyed, the land mourns; for the wheat was destroyed; the new wine was dried up, the oil perished.
11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is lost.
12 The vine has dried up, and the fig tree has perished; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, have withered: therefore joy has withered away from the sons of men.
13 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the present and the drink offering is taken away from the house of your God.
14 Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the earth into the house of the LORD your God and cry unto the LORD.
15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
16 Is not the food cut off before our eyes, the joy and the gladness from the house of our God?
17 The seed has rotted under their clods, the storehouses were laid desolate, the barns were destroyed for the wheat is withered.
18 How the beasts groan! The herds of cattle are perplexed because they have no pasture; the flocks of sheep are condemned.
19 O LORD, to thee will I cry for the fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame has burned all the trees of the field.
20 The beasts of the field also cry unto thee for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire has devoured the meadows of the wilderness.