Joel 1

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1 The word of Jehovah that was to Joel the son of Pethuel.

2 Hear this, ye elders, and give·​·ear, all ye who dwell in the land. Has this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?

3 Concerning it, recount it to your sons, and your sons to their sons, and their sons to another generation.

4 What·​·remains·​·from the palmerworm the locust will eat; and what·​·remains·​·from the locust the grub will eat; and what·​·remains·​·from the grub the caterpillar will eat.

5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, on·​·account·​·of the new·​·wine; for it is cut·​·off from your mouth.

6 For a nation has come·​·up on My land, numerous, and without number; his teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he has the molars of an old·​·lion.

7 He has set My vine for desolation, and My fig·​·tree for foam; making· it ·bare, he has made· it ·bare, and cast· it ·away; the tendrils of it are made·​·white.

8 Wail as a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

9 The gift·​·offering and the poured·​·offering is cut·​·off from the house of Jehovah; the priests, Jehovah’s ministers, mourn.

10 The field is devastated, the ground mourns; for the grain is devastated; the must* is dried·​·up, the olive·​·oil languishes.

11 Be shamed, O ye farmers; howl, O ye vinedressers, over the wheat and over the barley; for the harvest of the field has perished.

12 The vine is·​·dried·​·up, and the fig languishes; the pomegranate, even the palm·​·tree, and the apple·​·tree, all the trees of the field are·​·dried·​·up; for joy is·​·dried·​·up from the sons of man.

13 Gird yourselves, and wail, ye priests; howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, pass·​·the·​·night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God, for the gift·​·offering and the poured·​·offering is withheld from the house of your God.

14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a day of restraint*, gather the elders and all those who dwell·​·in the land into the house of Jehovah your God, and cry to Jehovah,

15 Alas for the day! For the day of Jehovah is near, and as a devastation from Shaddai* shall it come.

16 Is not the food cut·​·off in·​·front·​·of our eyes, gladness and rejoicing from the house of our God?

17 The kernel is spoiled under their clods, the treasures are desolated, the barns are broken·​·down, for the grain is dried·​·up.

18 How does the beast sigh! The droves of cattle are perplexed, for there is no pasture for them; even the droves of the flock are desolated*.

19 to Thee, O Jehovah, will I call; for the fire has devoured the sheep·​·folds of the wilderness, and the flame has set·​·flame·​·to all the trees of the field.

20 Even the beasts of the field bleat to Thee, for the channels of waters are·​·dried·​·up, and the fire has devoured the sheep·​·folds of the wilderness.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.