|Joel 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel.|
|Joel 1:2 Hear this, O elders,
Listen closely, all inhabitants of the land!
Has such a thing as this occurred in your days,
Or even in the days of your fathers?
|Joel 1:3 Tell your children about it,
And let your children tell their children,
And their children the next generation.
|Joel 1:4 ¶ What the gnawing locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten;
And what the swarming locust has left, the creeping locust has eaten;
And what the creeping locust has left, the stripping locust has eaten [in judgment of Judah].
|Joel 1:5 Awake [from your intoxication], you drunkards, and weep;
Wail, all you drinkers of wine,
Because of the [fresh] sweet wine
That is cut off from your mouth.
|Joel 1:6 For a [pagan and hostile] nation has invaded My land [like locusts],
Mighty and without number;
Its teeth are the teeth of a lion,
And it has the fangs of a lioness. [Rev 9:7, 8]
|Joel 1:7 It has made My vine (My people) a waste and object of horror,
And splintered and broken My fig tree.
It has stripped them completely bare and thrown them away;
Their branches have become white. [Is 5:5, 6]
|Joel 1:8 ¶ Wail like a virgin [bride] clothed with sackcloth
For the bridegroom of her youth [who has died].
|Joel 1:9 The [daily] grain offering and the drink offering are cut off
From the house of the LORD;
The priests mourn
Who minister to the LORD.
|Joel 1:10 The field is ruined,
The ground mourns;
For the grain is ruined,
The new wine is dried up,
The fresh oil fails.
|Joel 1:11 Be ashamed, O farmers;
Wail, O vinedressers,
For the wheat and for the barley,
Because the harvest of the field has perished.
|Joel 1:12 The vine dries up
And the fig tree fails;
The pomegranate, the palm also, and the apple tree,
All the trees of the field dry up,
Indeed, joy dries up and withdraws
From the sons of men.
|Joel 1:13 ¶ Clothe yourselves with sackcloth
And lament (cry out in grief), O priests;
Wail, O ministers of the altar!
Come, spend the night in sackcloth [and pray without ceasing],
O ministers of my God,
For the grain offering and the drink offering
Are withheld from the house of your God.
|Joel 1:14 Consecrate a fast,
Proclaim a solemn assembly,
Gather the elders
And all the inhabitants of the land
To the house of the LORD your God,
And cry out to the LORD [in penitent pleadings].
|Joel 1:15 Alas for the day!
For the [judgment] day of the LORD is at hand,
And it will come [upon the nation] as a destruction from the Almighty. [Zeph 1:14-18]
|Joel 1:16 Has not the food been cut off before our eyes,
Joy and gladness from the house of our God?
|Joel 1:17 The seeds [of grain] shrivel under the clods,
The storehouses are desolate and empty,
The barns are in ruins
Because the grain is dried up.
|Joel 1:18 How the animals groan!
The herds of cattle are bewildered and wander aimlessly
Because they have no pasture;
Even the flocks of sheep suffer.
|Joel 1:19 O LORD, I cry out to You,
For fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness,
And the flame has burned up all the trees of the field.
|Joel 1:20 Even the wild animals pant [in longing] for You;
For the water brooks are dried up
And fire has consumed the pastures of the wilderness.