NASB — Joel 1 — KJV

The Devastation of Locusts

1 The aword of the LORD that came to bJoel, the son of Pethuel:
  2 aHear this, O belders,
  And listen, all inhabitants of the land.
  cHas [anything like] this happened in your days
  Or in your fathers’ days?
  3 aTell your sons about it,
  And [let] your sons [tell] their sons,
  And their sons the next generation.

[1] aJr 1:2; Ezk 1:3; Ho 1:1 bAc 2:16
[2] aHo 4:1; 5:1 bJb 8:8; Jol 1:14 cJr 30:7; Jol 2:2
[3] aEx 10:2; Ps 78:4

  4 ¶ What the agnawing locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten;
  And what the bswarming locust has left, the creeping locust has eaten;
  And what the creeping locust has left, the cstripping locust has eaten.
  5 Awake, adrunkards, and weep;
  And wail, all you wine drinkers,
  On account of the sweet wine
  That is bcut off from your mouth.
  6 For a anation has Iinvaded my land,
  Mighty and without number;
  bIts teeth are the teeth of a lion,
  And it has the fangs of a lioness.
  7 It has amade my vine a waste
  And my fig tree Isplinters.
  It has stripped them bare and cast [them] away;
  Their branches have become white.

[4] aDt 28:38; Jol 2:25; Am 4:9 bNa 3:15, 16 cIs 33:4
[5] aJol 3:3 bIs 32:10
[6] ILit come up against aJol 2:2, 11, 25 bRv 9:8
[7] IOr a stump aIs 5:6; Am 4:9

  8aWail like a virgin bgirded with sackcloth
  For the bridegroom of her youth.
  9 The agrain offering and the drink offering are cut off
  From the house of the LORD.
  The bpriests mourn,
  The ministers of the LORD.
  10 The field is aruined,
  bThe land mourns;
  For the grain is ruined,
  The new wine dries up,
  Fresh oil Ifails.
  11 IaBe ashamed, O farmers,
  Wail, O vinedressers,
  For the wheat and the barley;
  Because the bharvest of the field is destroyed.
  12 The avine dries up
  And the fig tree Ifails;
  The bpomegranate, the cpalm also, and the IIdapple tree,
  All the trees of the field dry up.
  Indeed, erejoicing dries up
  From the sons of men.

[8] aIs 22:12 bJol 1:13; Am 8:10
[9] aHo 9:4; Jol 1:13; 2:14 bJol 2:17
[10] ILit wastes away aIs 24:4, 7 bJr 12:11
[11] IOr The farmers are ashamed, The vinedressers wail aJr 14:4; Am 5:16 bIs 17:11; Jr 9:12
[12] ILit wastes away IIOr apricot aJol 1:10; Hab 3:17 bHg 2:19 cSo 7:8 dSo 2:3 eIs 16:10; 24:11; Jr 48:33

  13aGird yourselves [with sackcloth]
  And lament, O priests;
  bWail, O ministers of the altar!
  Come, cspend 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.

[13] aJr 4:8; Ezk 7:18 bJr 9:10 c1K 21:27

Starvation and Drought

  14 aConsecrate a fast,
  Proclaim a bsolemn assembly;
  Gather the elders
  [And] all the inhabitants of the land
  To the house of the LORD your God,
  And ccry out to the LORD.
  15 aAlas for the day!
  For the bday of the LORD is near,
  And it will come as cdestruction from the IAlmighty.
  16 Has not afood been cut off before our eyes,
  Gladness and bjoy from the house of our God?
  17 The Iaseeds shrivel under their IIclods;
  The storehouses are desolate,
  The barns are torn down,
  For the grain is dried up.
  18 How athe beasts groan!
  The herds of cattle wander aimlessly
  Because there is no pasture for them;
  Even the flocks of sheep Isuffer.
  19 aTo You, O LORD, I cry;
  For bfire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness
  And the flame has burned up all the trees of the field.
  20 Even the beasts of the field Iapant for You;
  For the bwater brooks are dried up
  And fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

[14] aJol 2:15, 16 bLv 23:36 cJna 3:8
[15] IHeb Shaddai aIs 13:9; Jr 30:7; Am 5:16 bJol 2:1, 11, 31 cIs 13:6; Ezk 7:2-12
[16] aIs 3:7; Am 4:6 bDt 12:7; Ps 43:4
[17] IOr dried figs IIOr shovels aIs 17:10, 11
[18] ILit bear punishment a1K 8:5; Jr 12:4; 14:5, 6; Ho 4:3
[19] aPs 50:15; Mi 7:7 bJr 9:10; Am 7:4
[20] ILit long for aPs 104:21; 147:9; Jol 1:18 b1K 17:7; 18:5


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Joel, declaring sundry judgments of God, exhorteth to observe them,

1 ¶ The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. 2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? 3 Tell ye your children of it, and [let] your children [tell] their children, and their children another generation. 4 That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten. 5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth. 6 For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth [are] the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion. 7 He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast [it] away; the branches thereof are made white.

[1] Jr 1:2; Ezk 1:3; Ho 1:1; Ac 2:16; 2P 1:21.
[2] Dt 4:32; Jb 8:8; 12:12; 15:10; 21:7; Ps 49:1; Is 7:17; 34:1; Jr 5:21; 30:7; Dn 12:1; Ho 5:1; Jol 2:2; Am 3:1; 4:1; 5:1; Mi 1:2; 3:1, 9; Mt 13:9; 24:21; Rv 2:7.
[3] Ex 10:1; 13:14; Dt 6:7; Jsh 4:6, 21; Ps 44:1; 71:18; 78:3; 145:4; Is 38:19.
[4] Ex 10:4, 12; Dt 28:38, 42; 1K 8:37; 2Ch 6:28; 7:13; Ps 78:46; 105:34; Is 33:4; Jr 51:14, 27; Jol 2:25; Am 4:9; 7:1; Na 3:15; Rv 9:3.
[5] Is 24:7; 32:10; Jr 4:8; Ezk 30:2; Jol 1:11, 13; Am 6:3; Lk 16:19, 23; 21:34; Ro 13:11; Jm 5:1.
[6] Ps 107:34; Pv 30:14, 25; Is 8:8; 32:13; Ho 9:3; Jol 2:2, 25; Rv 9:7.
[7] Ex 10:15; Ps 105:33; Is 5:6; 24:7; Jr 8:13; Ho 2:12; Jol 1:12; Hab 3:17.

and to mourn.

8 ¶ Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth. 9 The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD'S ministers, mourn. 10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. 11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished. 12 The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, [even] all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men. 13 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.

[8] Pv 2:17; Is 22:12; 24:7; 32:11; Jr 3:4; 9:17; Jol 1:13; 2:12; Mal 2:15; Jm 4:8; 5:1.
[9] Ex 28:1; 2Ch 13:10; Is 61:6; Lm 1:4, 16; Ho 9:4; Jol 1:13, 16; 2:14, 17.
[10] Lv 26:20; Is 24:3, 11; Jr 12:4, 11; 14:2; 48:33; Ho 4:3; 9:2; Jol 1:5, 12, 17; Hg 1:11.
[11] Is 17:11; Jr 9:12; 14:3; Ro 5:5.
[12] Nu 13:23; Ps 4:7; 92:12; So 2:3; 4:13; 7:7; Is 9:3; 16:10; 24:11; Jr 48:3; Ho 9:1; Jol 1:10, 16; Hab 3:17.
[13] Lv 2:8; Nu 29:6; 2S 12:16; 1K 21:27; Is 61:6; Jr 4:8; 9:10; Ezk 7:18; Jol 1:8, 9; 2:17; Jna 3:5; 1Co 4:1; 9:13; 2Co 3:6; 6:4; 11:23; He 7:13.

He prescribeth a fast for complaint.

14 ¶ Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders [and] all the inhabitants of the land [into] the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD, 15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD [is] at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. 16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, [yea], joy and gladness from the house of our God? 17 The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. 18 How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. 19 O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. 20 The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

[14] Lv 23:36; Dt 29:10; 2Ch 20:3, 13; Ne 8:18; 9:2; Jol 2:15; Jna 3:8.
[15] Ps 37:13; Is 13:6; Jr 30:7; Ezk 7:2; 12:22; Jol 2:1, 2; Am 5:16; Zp 1:14; Lk 19:41; Jm 5:9; Rv 6:17.
[16] Dt 12:6, 11; 16:10; Ps 43:4; 105:3; Is 62:8; Jol 1:5, 13; Am 4:6.
[17] Gn 23:16.
[18] 1K 18:5; Jr 12:4; 14:5; Ho 4:3; Jol 1:20; Ro 8:22.
[19] Ps 50:15; 91:15; Jr 9:10; Jol 2:3; Am 7:4; Mi 7:7; Hab 3:17; Lk 18:1, 7; Php 4:6.
[20] 1K 17:7; 18:5; Jb 38:41; Ps 104:21; 145:15; 147:9.


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