1:1The Word of Yahweh that came to Joel, the
son of Pethuel.
1:2Hear this, you elders,
And listen, all you inhabitants of the
Has this ever happened in
Or in the days of your fathers?
1:3Tell your children about it,
And have your children tell their
And their children, another generation.
1:4What 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.
1:5Wake up, you drunkards, and weep!
Wail, all you drinkers of wine, because
of the sweet wine;
For it is cut off from your mouth.
1:6For 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.
1:7He has laid my vine waste,
And stripped my fig tree.
He has stripped its bark, and thrown it
Its branches are made white.
1:8Mourn like a virgin dressed in
sackcloth for the husband of her youth! 1:9The meal offering and the drink
offering are cut off from Yahweh's house.
The priests, Yahweh's ministers, mourn.
1:10The field is laid waste.
The land mourns, for the grain is
The new wine has dried up,
And the oil languishes.
1:11Be confounded, you farmers!
Wail, you vineyard keepers;
For the wheat and for the barley;
For the harvest of the field has
1:12The vine has dried up, and the fig
the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also,
and the apple tree,
Even all of the trees of the field are
For joy has withered away from the sons
1:13Put on sackcloth and mourn, you
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.
1:14Sanctify 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.
1:15Alas for the day!
For the day of Yahweh is at hand,
And it will come as destruction from the
1:16Isn't the food cut off before our
Joy and gladness from the house of our
1:17The seeds rot under their clods.
The granaries are laid desolate.
The barns are broken down, for the grain
1:18How the animals groan!
The herds of cattle are perplexed,
because they have no pasture.
Yes, the flocks of sheep are made
1:19Yahweh, I cry to you,
For the fire has devoured the pastures of
And the flame has burned all the trees of
1:20Yes, the animals of the field pant to
For the water brooks have dried up,
And the fire has devoured the pastures of
2:1Blow you 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:
2:2A day of darkness and gloominess,
A day of clouds and thick darkness.
As the dawn spreading on
A great and strong people;
There has never been the like,
Neither will there be any more after
Even to the years of many generations.
2:3A 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
2:4The appearance of them is as the
appearance of horses,
And as horsemen, so do they run.
2:5Like 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.
2:6At their presence the peoples are in
All faces have grown pale.
2:7They run like mighty men.
They climb the wall like warriors.
They each march in his line, and they
don't swerve off course.
2:8Neither does one jostle another;
They march everyone in his path,
And they burst through the defenses,
And don't break ranks.
2:9They rush on the city.
They run on the wall.
They climb up into the houses.
They enter in at the windows like
2:10The earth quakes before them.
The heavens tremble.
The sun and the moon are darkened,
And the stars withdraw their shining.
2:11Yahweh thunders his voice before his
For his forces are very great;
For he is strong who obeys his command;
For the day of Yahweh is great and very
And who can endure it?
2:12"Yet even now," says Yahweh,
"turn to me with all your heart,
And with fasting, and with weeping, and
2:13Tear your heart, and not your
And turn to Yahweh, your God;
For he is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and abundant in loving
And relents from sending calamity.
2:14Who knows? He may turn and relent,
And leave a blessing behind him,
Even a meal offering and a drink offering
to Yahweh, your God.
2:15Blow the trumpet in Zion!
Sanctify a fast.
Call a solemn assembly.
2:16Gather the people.
Sanctify the assembly.
Assemble the elders.
Gather the children, and those who suck
Let the bridegroom go
forth from his room,
And the bride out of her chamber.
2:17Let the priests, the ministers of
Yahweh, weep between the porch and the altar,
And let them say, "Spare your
And don't give your heritage to reproach,
That the nations should rule over them.
Why should they say among
'Where is their God?'" 2:18Then Yahweh was
jealous for his land,
And had pity on his people. 2:19Yahweh answered
"Behold, I will send you grain, new
wine, and oil,
And you will be satisfied with them;
And I will no more make you a reproach
among the nations.
2:20But I will remove the northern army
far away from you,
And will drive it into a barren and
Its front into the eastern sea,
And its back into the western sea;
And its stench will come up,
And its bad smell will rise."
Surely he has done great
2:21Land, don't be afraid.
Be glad and rejoice, for Yahweh has done
2:22Don't be afraid, you animals of the
For the pastures of the wilderness spring
For the tree bears its fruit.
The fig tree and the vine yield their
2:23"Be glad then, you children of
And rejoice in Yahweh, your God;
For he gives you the former rain in just
And he causes the rain to come down for
The former rain and the latter rain,
2:24The threshing floors will be full of
And the vats will overflow with new wine
2:25I will restore to you the years that
the swarming locust has eaten,
The great locust, the grasshopper, and
My great army, which I sent among you.
2:26You will have plenty to eat, and be
And will praise the name of Yahweh, your
Who has dealt wondrously with you;
And my people will never again be
2:27You will know that I am in the midst
And that I am Yahweh, your God, and there
is no one else;
And my people will never again be
2:28"It will happen afterward, that
I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
And your sons and your daughters will
Your old men will dream dreams.
Your young men will see visions.
2:29And also on the servants and on the
handmaids in those days,
I will pour out my Spirit. 2:30I will show wonders in the heavens
and in the earth:
Blood, fire, and pillars of smoke.
2:31The sun will be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the great and terrible day of
2:32It will happen that whoever will call
on the name of Yahweh shall be saved;
For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there
will be those who escape,
As Yahweh has said,
And among the remnant, those whom Yahweh
3:1"For, behold, in those days,
And in that time,
When I restore the fortunes of Judah and
3:2I will gather all nations,
And will bring them down into the valley
And I will execute judgment on them there
for my people,
And for my heritage, Israel, whom they
have scattered among the nations.
They have divided my land,
3:3And have cast lots for my people,
And have given a boy for a prostitute,
And sold a girl for wine, that they may
3:4"Yes, and what are you to me,
Tyre, and Sidon,
And all the regions of Philistia?
Will you repay me?
And if you repay me,
I will swiftly and speedily return your
repayment on your own head.
3:5Because you have taken my silver and
And have carried my finest treasures into
3:6And have sold the children of Judah and the
children of Jerusalem to the sons of the Greeks,
That you may remove them far from their
3:7Behold, I will stir them up out of the
place where you have sold them,
And will return your repayment on your
3:8And I will sell your sons and your
daughters into the hands of the children of Judah,
And they will sell them to the men of
To a faraway nation,
For Yahweh has spoken it."
3:9Proclaim this among the nations:
Stir up the mighty men.
Let all the warriors draw
Let them come up. 3:10Beat your plowshares into swords,
And your pruning hooks into spears.
Let the weak say, "I am
3:11Hurry and come, all you surrounding
And gather yourselves together."
Cause your mighty ones to
come down there, Yahweh.
3:12"Let the nations arouse
And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat;
For there will I sit to judge all the
3:13Put in the sickle;
For the harvest is ripe.
Come, tread, for the winepress is full,
The vats overflow, for their wickedness
3:14Multitudes, multitudes in the valley
For the day of Yahweh is near, in the
valley of decision.
3:15The sun and the moon are darkened,
And the stars withdraw their
3:16Yahweh will roar from Zion,
And thunder from Jerusalem;
And the heavens and the earth will shake;
But Yahweh will be a refuge to his
And a stronghold to the children of
3:17"So you will know that I am
Yahweh, your God,
Dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain.
Then Jerusalem will be
And no strangers will pass through her
3:18It will happen in that day,
That the mountains will drop down sweet
The hills will flow with milk,
All the brooks of Judah will flow with
And a fountain will come forth from the
house of Yahweh,
And will water the valley of Shittim.
3:19Egypt will be a desolation,
And Edom will be a desolate wilderness,
For the violence done to the children of
Because they have shed innocent blood in
3:20But Judah will be inhabited forever,
And Jerusalem from generation to
3:21I will cleanse their blood,
That I have not cleansed:
For Yahweh dwells in Zion."
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