Joel 1:1-7 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The LORD gave this message to Joel son of Pethuel. 1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel son of Pethuel.
2 Hear this, you leaders of the people! Everyone listen! In all your history, has anything like this ever happened before? 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 Tell your children about it in the years to come. Pass the awful story down from generation to generation. 3 Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.
4 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! 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 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep! All the grapes are ruined, and all your new wine is gone! 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 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! 6 A nation has invaded my land, powerful and without number; it has the teeth of a lion, the fangs of a lioness.
7 They have destroyed my grapevines and fig trees, stripping their bark and leaving the branches white and bare. 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.