Hear this,1 you elders;2 listen, all who live in the land.3 Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your forefathers?4
Tell it to your children,5 and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.6
What the locust7 swarm has left the great locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left the young locusts have eaten; what the young locusts have left8 other locusts have eaten.9
Wake up, you drunkards, and weep! Wail, all you drinkers of wine;10 wail because of the new wine, for it has been snatched11 from your lips.
A nation has invaded my land, powerful and without number;12 it has the teeth13 of a lion, the fangs of a lioness.
It has laid waste14 my vines and ruined my fig trees.15 It has stripped off their bark and thrown it away, leaving their branches white.
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