The LORD gave this message to Joel son of Pethuel.
Hear this, you leaders of the people! Everyone listen! In all your history, has anything like this ever happened before?
Tell your children about it in the years to come. Pass the awful story down from generation to generation.
After the cutting locusts finished eating the crops, the swarming locusts took what was left! After them came the hopping locusts, and then the stripping locusts, too!
Wake up, you drunkards, and weep! All the grapes are ruined, and all your new wine is gone!
A vast army of locusts has invaded my land. It is a terrible army, too numerous to count! Its teeth are as sharp as the teeth of lions!
They have destroyed my grapevines and fig trees, stripping their bark and leaving the branches white and bare.