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Joel 1 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 God's Message to Joel son of Pethuel: 1 The word of the LORD that came 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? 2 Hear this, you elders; listen, all who live in the land. Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your forefathers?
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. 3 Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.
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. 4 What the locust swarm has left the great locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left the young locusts have eaten; what the young locusts have left other locusts have eaten.
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. 5 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep! Wail, all you drinkers of wine; wail because of the new wine, for it has been snatched from your lips.
6 My country's being invaded by an army invincible, past numbering, Teeth like those of a lion, fangs like those of a tiger. 6 A nation has invaded my land, powerful and without number; it has the teeth of a lion, the fangs of a lioness.
7 It has ruined my vineyards, stripped my orchards, And clear-cut the country. The landscape's a moonscape. 7 It has laid waste my vines and ruined my fig trees. It has stripped off their bark and thrown it away, leaving their branches white.
8 Weep like a young virgin dressed in black, mourning the loss of her fiancé. 8 Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth grieving for the husband of her youth.
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. 9 Grain offerings and drink offerings are cut off from the house of the LORD. The priests are in mourning, those who minister before the LORD.
10 The fields are sterile. The very ground grieves. The wheat fields are lifeless, vineyards dried up, olive oil gone. 10 The fields are ruined, the ground is dried up; the grain is destroyed, the new wine is dried up, the oil fails.
11 Dirt farmers, despair! Grape growers, wring your hands! Lament the loss of wheat and barley. All crops have failed. 11 Despair, you farmers, wail, you vine growers; grieve for the wheat and the barley, because the harvest of the field is destroyed.
12 Vineyards dried up, fig trees withered, Pomegranates, date palms, and apple trees - deadwood everywhere! And joy is dried up and withered in the hearts of the people. Nothing's Going On in the Place of Worship 12 The vine is dried up and the fig tree is withered; the pomegranate, the palm and the apple tree-- all the trees of the field--are dried up. Surely the joy of mankind is withered away.
13 And also you priests, put on your robes and join the outcry. You who lead people in worship, lead them in lament. Spend the night dressed in gunnysacks, you servants of my God. Nothing's going on in the place of worship, no offerings, no prayers - nothing. 13 Put on sackcloth, O priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings and drink offerings are withheld from the house of your God.
14 Declare a holy fast, call a special meeting, get the leaders together, Round up everyone in the country. Get them into God's Sanctuary for serious prayer to God. 14 Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.
15 What a day! Doomsday! God's Judgment Day has come. The Strong God has arrived. This is serious business! 15 Alas for that day! For the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.
16 Food is just a memory at our tables, as are joy and singing from God's Sanctuary. 16 Has not the food been cut off before our very eyes-- joy and gladness from the house of our God?
17 The seeds in the field are dead, barns deserted, Grain silos abandoned. Who needs them? The crops have failed! 17 The seeds are shriveled beneath the clods. The storehouses are in ruins, the granaries have been broken down, for the grain has dried up.
18 The farm animals groan - oh, how they groan! The cattle mill around. There's nothing for them to eat. Not even the sheep find anything. 18 How the cattle moan! The herds mill about because they have no pasture; even the flocks of sheep are suffering.
19 God! I pray, I cry out to you! The fields are burning up, The country is a dust bowl, forest and prairie fires rage unchecked. 19 To you, O LORD, I call, for fire has devoured the open pastures and flames have burned up all the trees of the field.
20 Wild animals, dying of thirst, look to you for a drink. Springs and streams are dried up. The whole country is burning up. 20 Even the wild animals pant for you; the streams of water have dried up and fire has devoured the open pastures.