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Joel by World English Bible

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Book 29 Joel 001:001 The Word of Yahweh that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel. 001:002 Hear this, you elders, And listen, all you inhabitants of the land. Has this ever happened in your days, or in the days of your fathers? 001:003 Tell your children about it, and have your children tell their children, and their children, another generation. 001:004 What the swarming locust has left, the great locust has eaten. What the great locust has left, the grasshopper has eaten. What the grasshopper has left, the caterpillar has eaten. 001:005 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep! Wail, all you drinkers of wine, because of the sweet wine; for it is cut off from your mouth. 001:006 For a nation has come up on my land, strong, and without number. His teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he has the fangs of a lioness. 001:007 He has laid my vine waste, and stripped my fig tree. He has stripped its bark, and thrown it away. Its branches are made white. 001:008 Mourn like a virgin dressed in sackcloth for the husband of her youth! 001:009 The meal offering and the drink offering are cut off from Yahweh's house. The priests, Yahweh's ministers, mourn. 001:010 The field is laid waste. The land mourns, for the grain is destroyed, The new wine has dried up, and the oil languishes. 001:011 Be confounded, you farmers! Wail, you vineyard keepers; for the wheat and for the barley; for the harvest of the field has perished. 001:012 The vine has dried up, and the fig tree withered; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all of the trees of the field are withered; for joy has withered away from the sons of men. 001:013 Put on sackcloth and mourn, you priests! Wail, you ministers of the altar. Come, lie all night in sackcloth, you ministers of my God, for the meal offering and the drink offering are withheld from your God's house. 001:014 Sanctify a fast. Call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders, and all the inhabitants of the land, to the house of Yahweh, your God, and cry to Yahweh. 001:015 Alas for the day! For the day of Yahweh is at hand, and it will come as destruction from the Almighty. 001:016 Isn't the food cut off before our eyes; joy and gladness from the house of our God? 001:017 The seeds rot under their clods. The granaries are laid desolate. The barns are broken down, for the grain has withered. 001:018 How the animals groan! The herds of livestock are perplexed, because they have no pasture. Yes, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. 001:019 Yahweh, I cry to you, For the fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame has burned all the trees of the field. 001:020 Yes, the animals of the field pant to you, for the water brooks have dried up, And the fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness. 002:001 Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of Yahweh comes, for it is close at hand: 002:002 A day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness. As the dawn spreading on the mountains, a great and strong people; there has never been the like, neither will there be any more after them, even to the years of many generations. 002:003 A fire devours before them, and behind them, a flame burns. The land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them, a desolate wilderness. Yes, and no one has escaped them. 002:004 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses, and as horsemen, so do they run. 002:005 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of the mountains do they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devours the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array... Continue reading book >>


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