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Joel 1 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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The Locusts Bring Desolation

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The word of [fn]Yahweh that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel:

(Exo 10:1–20 )
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Hear this, O elders,

And give ear, all inhabitants of the land.

Has anything like this happened in your days

Or in your fathers’ days?

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Recount about it to your sons,

And let your sons recount about it to their sons,

And their sons to the next generation.

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What the gnawing locust has left, the swarming locust has consumed;

And what the swarming locust has left, the creeping locust has consumed;

And what the creeping locust has left, the stripping locust has consumed.

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Awake, drunkards, and weep;

And wail, all you wine drinkers,

On account of the sweet wine

That is cut off from your mouth.

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For a nation has come up against my land,

Mighty and without number;

Its teeth are the teeth of a lion,

And it has the fangs of a lioness.

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It has made my vine a desolation

And my fig tree [fn]splinters.

It has stripped them bare and cast them away;

Their branches have become white.

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Wail like a virgin girded with sackcloth

For the bridegroom of her youth.

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The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off

From the house of Yahweh.

The priests mourn,

The ministers of Yahweh.

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The field is destroyed;

The land mourns,

For the grain is destroyed,

The new wine dries up,

Fresh oil [fn]fails.

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[fn]Be ashamed, O farmers,

Wail, O vinedressers,

For the wheat and the barley,

Because the harvest of the field perishes.

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The vine dries up,

And the fig tree [fn]fails;

The pomegranate, the palm also, and the [fn]apple tree,

All the trees of the field dry up.

Indeed, rejoicing dries up

From the sons of men.

The Day of Yahweh Is Near

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Gird yourselves with sackcloth

And lament, O priests;

Wail, O ministers of the altar!

Come, spend the night in sackcloth,

O ministers of my God;

For the grain offering and the drink offering

Are withheld from the house of your God.

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Set apart a fast as holy,

Call for a solemn assembly;

Gather the elders

And all the inhabitants of the land

To the house of Yahweh your God,

And cry out to Yahweh.

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Alas for the day!

For the day of Yahweh is near,

And it will come as destruction from the [fn]Almighty.

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Has not food been cut off before our eyes,

Gladness and joy from the house of our God?

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The [fn]seeds shrivel under their [fn]clods;

The storehouses are desolate;

The barns are pulled down,

For the grain is dried up.

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How the beasts groan!

The herds of cattle wander aimlessly

Because there is no pasture for them;

Even the flocks of sheep [fn]suffer.

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To You, O Yahweh, I cry;

For fire has consumed the pastures of the wilderness,

And the flame has burned up all the trees of the field.

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Even the beasts of the field [fn]pant for You;

For the water brooks are dried up,

And fire has consumed the pastures of the wilderness.

LSB Footnotes
The personal covenant name of God, a form of I AM WHO I AM, cf. Ex 3:14-15
Or a stump
Lit wastes away
Or The farmers are ashamed, The vinedressers wail
Lit wastes away
Or apricot
Heb Shaddai
Or dried figs
Or shovels
Lit bear punishment
Lit long for

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