World English Bible The World English Bible is dedicated to the Public Domain by the translators and editors. It is not copyrighted. 20 Joel Jl 29 1 1 The Word of Yahweh* that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel.
Joel Jl 29 1 2
Hear this, you* elders,
And listen, all you* inhabitants of the land.
Has this ever happened in your days,
or in the days of your fathers?
Joel Jl 29 1 3
Tell your* children about it,
and have your children tell their children,
and their children, another generation.
Joel Jl 29 1 4
What the swarming locust has left, the great locust has eaten.
What the great locust has left, the grasshopper has eaten.
What the grasshopper has left, the caterpillar has eaten.
Joel Jl 29 1 5
Wake up, you* drunkards, and weep!
Wail, all you* drinkers of wine, because of the sweet wine;
for it is cut off from your mouth.
Joel Jl 29 1 6
For a nation has come up on my land, strong, and without number.
His teeth are the teeth of a lion,
and he has the fangs of a lioness.
Joel Jl 29 1 7
He has laid my vine waste,
and stripped my fig tree.
He has stripped its bark, and thrown it away.
Its branches are made white.
Joel Jl 29 1 8
Mourn like a virgin dressed in sackcloth for the husband of her youth!
Joel Jl 29 1 9
The meal offering and the drink offering are cut off from Yahweh's house.
The priests, Yahweh's ministers, mourn.
Joel Jl 29 1 10
The field is laid waste.
The land mourns, for the grain is destroyed,
The new wine has dried up,
and the oil languishes.
Joel Jl 29 1 11
Be confounded, you* farmers!
Wail, you* vineyard keepers;
for the wheat and for the barley;
for the harvest of the field has perished.
Joel Jl 29 1 12
The vine has dried up, and the fig tree withered;
the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree,
even all of the trees of the field are withered;
for joy has withered away from the sons of men.
Joel Jl 29 1 13
Put on sackcloth and mourn, you* priests!
Wail, you* ministers of the altar.
Come, lie all night in sackcloth, you* ministers of my God*,
for the meal offering and the drink offering are withheld from your God's house.
Joel Jl 29 1 14
Sanctify a fast.
Call a solemn assembly.
Gather the elders,
and all the inhabitants of the land, to the house of Yahweh, your God,
and cry to Yahweh.
Joel Jl 29 1 15
Alas for the day!
For the day of Yahweh is at hand,
and it will come as destruction from the Almighty.
Joel Jl 29 1 16
Isn't the food cut off before our eyes;
joy and gladness from the house of our God?
Joel Jl 29 1 17
The seeds rot under their clods.
The granaries are laid desolate.
The barns are broken down, for the grain has withered.
Joel Jl 29 1 18
How the animals groan!
The herds of livestock are perplexed, because they have no pasture.
Yes, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.
Joel Jl 29 1 19
Yahweh, I cry to you,
For the fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness,
and the flame has burned all the trees of the field.
Joel Jl 29 1 20
Yes, the animals of the field pant to you,
for the water brooks have dried up,
And the fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.
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