The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.2Hear this, ye old men, and give ear , all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?3Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their childrenanothergeneration.4
That which the palmerworma hath left hath the locusteaten ; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerwormeaten ; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillereaten .
5Awake , 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 nation is come up upon my land,strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.7
He hath laid my vinewaste, and barkedb my fig tree: he hath made it cleanbare , and cast it away ; the branches thereof are made white .
8Lament like a virgingirded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.9
The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD'Sministers , mourn .
The field is wasted , the landmourneth ; for the corn is wasted : the new wine is dried up , the oillanguisheth .
Be ye ashamed , O ye husbandmen;howl , O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished .
The vine is dried up , and the fig treelanguisheth ; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered : because joy is withered away from the sons of men.13Gird yourselves, and lament , ye priests:howl , ye ministers of the altar:come , lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.14Sanctify ye a fast,call a solemn assembly,gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,15Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come .
Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God?17
The seedc is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate , the barns are broken down ; for the corn is withered .
How do the beastsgroan ! the herds of cattle are perplexed , because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate .
O LORD, to thee will I cry : for the fire hath devoured the pasturesd of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.20
The beasts of the fieldcry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up , and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.