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Joel 1 :: New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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The Devastation of Locusts

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:1 - The word of the LORD that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel:

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:2 - Hear this, O elders,
And listen, all inhabitants of the land.
Has anything like this happened in your days
Or in your fathers’ days?

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:3 - Tell your sons about it,
And let your sons tell their sons,
And their sons the next generation.

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:5 - Awake, drunkards, and weep;
And wail, all you wine drinkers,
On account of the sweet wine
That is cut off from your mouth.

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:6 - For a nation has [fn]invaded my land,
Mighty and without number;
Its teeth are the teeth of a lion,
And it has the fangs of a lioness.

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:7 - It has made my vine a waste
And my fig tree [fn]splinters.
It has stripped them bare and cast them away;
Their branches have become white.

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:8 - Wail like a virgin girded with sackcloth
For the bridegroom of her youth.

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:9 - The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off
From the house of the LORD.
The priests mourn,
The ministers of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:10 - The field is ruined,
The land mourns;
For the grain is ruined,
The new wine dries up,
Fresh oil [fn]fails.

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:11 - [fn]Be ashamed, O farmers,
Wail, O vinedressers,
For the wheat and the barley;
Because the harvest of the field is destroyed.

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:12 - 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:13 - 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.

Starvation and Drought

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:15 - Alas for the day!
For the day of the LORD is near,
And it will come as destruction from the [fn]Almighty.

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:16 - Has not food been cut off before our eyes,
Gladness and joy from the house of our God?

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:17 - The [fn]seeds shrivel under their [fn]clods;
The storehouses are desolate,
The barns are torn down,
For the grain is dried up.

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:18 - How the beasts groan!
The herds of cattle wander aimlessly
Because there is no pasture for them;
Even the flocks of sheep [fn]suffer.

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:19 - To You, O LORD, I cry;
For fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness
And the flame has burned up all the trees of the field.

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:20 - Even the beasts of the field [fn]pant for You;
For the water brooks are dried up
And fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.
NASB Footnotes
Literally: come up against
Or, a stump
Literally: wastes away
Or, The farmers are ashamed, The vinedressers wail
Literally: wastes away
Or, apricot
Hebrew: Shaddai
Or, dried figs
Or, shovels
Literally: bear punishment
Literally: long for
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