word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.
this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?
3Tell ye your children of it, and let your
children tell their children, and their children another generation.
4That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath
the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.
5Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the
new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.
a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth
of a great lion.
7He hath laid my vine waste,
and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.
8Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.
9The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD;
the priests, the LORD's ministers, mourn.
field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.
11Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for
the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.
vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the
trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.
13Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come,
lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house
of your God.
14Sanctify ye a fast, call a
solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the
15Alas for the day! for the day of the
LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
16Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God?
17The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns
are broken down; for the corn is withered.
do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.
19O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire
hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.
20The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried
up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.