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Joel 1 :: New International Version (NIV)

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

An Invasion of Locusts

(Exo 10:1–20 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:2 - Hear this, you elders; listen, all who live in the land. Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your ancestors?
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:3 - Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:4 - What the locust swarm has left the great locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left the young locusts have eaten; what the young locusts have left other locusts[fn] have eaten.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:5 - Wake up, you drunkards, and weep! Wail, all you drinkers of wine; wail because of the new wine, for it has been snatched from your lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:6 - A nation has invaded my land, a mighty army without number; it has the teeth of a lion, the fangs of a lioness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:7 - It has laid waste my vines and ruined my fig trees. It has stripped off their bark and thrown it away, leaving their branches white.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:8 - Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth grieving for the betrothed of her youth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:9 - Grain offerings and drink offerings are cut off from the house of the LORD. The priests are in mourning, those who minister before the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:10 - The fields are ruined, the ground is dried up; the grain is destroyed, the new wine is dried up, the olive oil fails.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:11 - Despair, you farmers, wail, you vine growers; grieve for the wheat and the barley, because the harvest of the field is destroyed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:12 - The vine is dried up and the fig tree is withered; the pomegranate, the palm and the apple[fn] tree— all the trees of the field—are dried up. Surely the people’s joy is withered away.

A Call to Lamentation

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:13 - Put on sackcloth, you priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings and drink offerings are withheld from the house of your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:14 - Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:15 - Alas for that day! For the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:16 - Has not the food been cut off before our very eyes— joy and gladness from the house of our God?
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:17 - The seeds are shriveled beneath the clods.[fn] The storehouses are in ruins, the granaries have been broken down, for the grain has dried up.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:18 - How the cattle moan! The herds mill about because they have no pasture; even the flocks of sheep are suffering.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:19 - To you, LORD, I call, for fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness and flames have burned up all the trees of the field.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:20 - Even the wild animals pant for you; the streams of water have dried up and fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness.
NIV Footnotes
The precise meaning of the four Hebrew words used here for locusts is uncertain.
Or possibly apricot
Hebrew Shaddai
The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

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