The Devastation of Locusts

1 The 1word of the LORD that came to 2Joel, the son of Pethuel:

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2 3Hear this, O 4elders, And listen, all inhabitants of the land. 5Has anything like this happened in your days Or in your fathers' days?

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3 6Tell your sons about it, And let your sons tell their sons, And their sons the next generation.

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5 Awake, 10drunkards, and weep; And wail, all you wine drinkers, On account of the sweet wine That is 11cut off from your mouth.

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6 For a 12nation has ainvaded my land, Mighty and without number; 13Its teeth are the teeth of a lion, And it has the fangs of a lioness.

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    • a 1:6 - Lit "come up against"
      7 It has 14made my vine a waste And my fig tree bsplinters. It has stripped them bare and cast them away; Their branches have become white.

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      8 15Wail like a virgin 16girded with sackcloth For the bridegroom of her youth.

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      9 The 17grain offering and the drink offering are cut off From the house of the LORD. The 18priests mourn, The ministers of the LORD.

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      10 The field is 19ruined, 20The land mourns; For the grain is ruined, The new wine dries up, Fresh oil cfails.

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      11 d21Be ashamed, O farmers, Wail, O vinedressers, For the wheat and the barley; Because the 22harvest of the field is destroyed.

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        • d 1:11 - Or "The farmers are ashamed, The vinedressers wail"
          12 The 23vine dries up And the fig tree efails; The 24pomegranate, the 25palm also, and the f26apple tree, All the trees of the field dry up. Indeed, 27rejoicing dries up From the sons of men.

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          13 28Gird yourselves with sackcloth And lament, O priests; 29Wail, O ministers of the altar! Come, 30spend the night in sackcloth O ministers of my God, For the grain offering and the drink offering Are withheld from the house of your God.

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          Starvation and Drought

          14 31Consecrate a fast, Proclaim a 32solemn assembly; Gather the elders And all the inhabitants of the land To the house of the LORD your God, And 33cry out to the LORD.

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          15 34Alas for the day! For the 35day of the LORD is near, And it will come as 36destruction from the gAlmighty.

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          16 Has not 37food been cut off before our eyes, Gladness and 38joy from the house of our God?

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          17 The h39seeds shrivel under their iclods; The storehouses are desolate, The barns are torn down, For the grain is dried up.

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            • h 1:17 - Or "dried figs"
            • i 1:17 - Or "shovels"
              18 How 40the beasts groan! The herds of cattle wander aimlessly Because there is no pasture for them; Even the flocks of sheep jsuffer.

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              19 41To You, O LORD, I cry; For 42fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness And the flame has burned up all the trees of the field.

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              20 Even the beasts of the field k43pant for You; For the 44water brooks are dried up And fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

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