The word of ADONAI that came to Yo'el the son of P'tu'el:
"Hear this, you leaders! Listen, all who live in the land! Has anything like this ever happened in your days, or in your ancestors' days?
Tell your children about it, and have them tell it to theirs, and have them tell the next generation.
What the cutter-worms left, the locusts ate; what the locusts left, the grasshoppers ate; what the grasshoppers left, the shearer-worms ate.
Wake up, drunkards, and weep! wail, all you who drink wine, because the juice of the grape will be withheld from your mouth.
For a mighty and numberless nation has invaded my land. His teeth are lion's teeth; his fangs are those of a lioness.
He has reduced my vines to waste, my fig trees to splinters - he plucked them bare, stripped their bark and left their branches white."
Lament like a virgin wearing sackcloth for the husband of her youth!
Grain offering and drink offering are cut off from the house of ADONAI. The cohanim are mourning, those who are serving ADONAI.
The fields are ruined, the ground is grieving; for the grain is ruined, the new wine dried up, and the olive oil is wretched.
Despair, you farmers; lament, vinedressers, over the wheat and the barley - the harvest from the fields is lost.