The Invasion of Locusts
1The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Phatuel.
2Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land: did this ever happen in your days, or in the days of your fathers?
3Tell ye of this to your children, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation.
4That which the palmerworm hath left, the locust hath eaten: and that which the locust hath left, the bruchus hath eaten: and that which the bruchus hath left, the mildew hath destroyed.
5Awake, ye that are drunk, and weep, and mourn all ye that take delight in drinking sweet wine: for it is cut off from your mouth.
6For a nation is come up upon my land, strong and without number: his teeth are like the teeth of a lion: and his cheek teeth as of a lion's whelp.
7He hath laid my vineyard waste, and hath pilled off the bark of my fig tree: he hath stripped it bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.
A Call to Mourning
8Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.
9Sacrifice and libation is cut off from the house of the Lord: the priests, the Lord's ministers, have mourned:
10The country is destroyed, the ground hath mourned: for the corn is wasted, the wine is confounded, the oil hath languished.
11The husbandmen are ashamed, the vinedressers have howled for the wheat, and for the barley, because the harvest of the field is perished.
12The vineyard is confounded, and the fig tree hath languished: the pomegranate tree, and the palm tree, and the apple tree, and all the trees of the field are withered: because joy is withdrawn from the children of men.
A Call to Repentance
(Amos 5:4-15; Zephaniah 2:1-3; Luke 13:1-5)
13Gird yourselves, and lament, O ye priests, howl, ye ministers of the altars: go in, lie in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: because sacrifice and libation is cut off from the house of your God.
14Sanctify ye a fast, call an assembly; gather together the ancients, all the inhabitants of the land into the house of your God: and cry ye to the Lord:
15Ah, ah, ah, for the day: because the day of the Lord is at hand, and it shall come like destruction from the mighty.
16Is not your food cut off before your eyes, joy and gladness from the house of our God?
17The beasts have rotted in their dung, the barns are destroyed, the storehouses are broken down: because the corn is confounded.
18Why did the beast groan, why did the herds of cattle low? because there is no pasture for them: yea, and the flocks of sheep are perished.
19To thee, 0 Lord, will I cry: because fire hath devoured the beautiful places of the wilderness, and the flame hath burnt all the trees of the country.
20Yea and the beasts of the field have looked up to thee, as a garden bed that thirsteth after rain, for the springs of waters are dried up, and fire hath devoured the beautiful places of the wilderness.