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Joel 1:1-9 (The Message)

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1 God's Message to Joel son of Pethuel: 2 Attention, elder statesmen! Listen closely, everyone, whoever and wherever you are! Have you ever heard of anything like this? Has anything like this ever happened before - ever? 3 Make sure you tell your children, and your children tell their children, And their children their children. Don't let this message die out. 4 What the chewing locust left, the gobbling locust ate; What the gobbling locust left, the munching locust ate; What the munching locust left, the chomping locust ate. 5 Sober up, you drunks! Get in touch with reality - and weep! Your supply of booze is cut off. You're on the wagon, like it or not. 6 My country's being invaded by an army invincible, past numbering, Teeth like those of a lion, fangs like those of a tiger. 7 It has ruined my vineyards, stripped my orchards, And clear-cut the country. The landscape's a moonscape. 8 Weep like a young virgin dressed in black, mourning the loss of her fiancé. 9 Without grain and grapes, worship has been brought to a standstill in the Sanctuary of God. The priests are at a loss. God's ministers don't know what to do.
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