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Joel 1 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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The Devastation by Locusts

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:1 - The word of the LORD that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel:
(Exo 10:1–20 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:2 - Hear this, you 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 have your sons tell their sons,
And their sons the next generation.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:4 - What the gnawing locust has left, the [fn]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, you heavy drinkers, and weep;
And wail, all you wine drinkers,
Because of the sweet wine,
For it has been eliminated 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 jaws of a lioness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:7 - It has made my vine a waste
And my fig tree a stump.
It has stripped them bare and hurled them away;
Their branches have become white.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:8 - Wail like a virgin clothed with sackcloth
For the groom of her youth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:9 - The grain offering and the drink offering have been 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 has dried up,
Fresh oil has [fn]failed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:11 - Be ashamed, you farm workers,
Wail, you vinedressers,
For the wheat and the barley;
Because the harvest of the field is destroyed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:12 - The vine has dried up
And the fig tree has withered;
The pomegranate, the palm also, and the apple tree,
All the trees of the field have dried up.
Indeed, joy has dried up
From the sons of mankind.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:13 - Put on sackcloth
And mourn, you priests;
Wail, you ministers of the altar!
Come, spend the night in sackcloth,
You ministers of my God,
For the grain offering and the drink offering
Have been 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 - Woe 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 food not been cut off before our eyes, and
Joy and rejoicing from the house of our God?
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:17 - The [fn]seeds have dried up under their shovels;
The storehouses have become desolate,
The grain silos are ruined,
Because the grain has dried up.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:18 - How the animals have groaned!
The herds of cattle have wandered aimlessly
Because there is no pasture for them;
Even the flocks of sheep have [fn]suffered.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:19 - To You, LORD, I cry out;
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 animals of the field [fn]pant for You;
For the stream beds of water are dried up,
And fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.
NASB20 Footnotes
Or migratory
Lit gone up against
Lit dried out
Heb Shaddai
Or dried figs
Lit suffered punishment
Or long for

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