Joel 1-3 - The Devastation of Locusts; Starvation and Drought; Deliverance Promised

Joel 1

The Devastation of Locusts

1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel,

the son of Pethuel:

2 Hear this, O elders,

And listen, all inhabitants of the land.

Has anything like this happened in your days

Or in your fathers' days?

3 Tell your sons about it,

And let your sons tell their sons,

And their sons the next generation.

4 What the gnawing locust has left,

the swarming locust has eaten;

And what the swarming locust has left,

the creeping locust has eaten;

And what the creeping locust has left,

the stripping locust has eaten.

5 Awake, drunkards, and weep;

And wail, all you wine drinkers,

On account of the sweet wine

That is cut off from your mouth.

6 For a nation has invaded my land,

Mighty and without number;

Its teeth are the teeth of a lion,

And it has the fangs of a lioness.

7 It has made my vine a waste

And my fig tree splinters.

It has stripped them bare and cast

them away;

Their branches have become white.

8 Wail like a virgin girded with sackcloth

For the bridegroom of her youth.

9 The grain offering and the drink

offering are cut off

From the house of the LORD.

The priests mourn,

The ministers of the LORD.

10 The field is ruined,

The land mourns;

For the grain is ruined,

The new wine dries up,

Fresh oil fails.

11 Be ashamed, O farmers,

Wail, O vinedressers,

For the wheat and the barley;

Because the harvest of the field

is destroyed.

12 The vine dries up

And the fig tree fails;

The pomegranate, the palm also,

and the apple tree,

All the trees of the field dry up.

Indeed, rejoicing dries up

From the sons of men.

13 Gird yourselves with sackcloth

And lament, O priests;

Wail, O ministers of the altar!

Come, spend the night in sackcloth

O ministers of my God,

For the grain offering and the drink


Are withheld from the house of your God.

Starvation and Drought

14 Consecrate a fast,

Proclaim a solemn assembly;

Gather the elders

And all the inhabitants of the land

To the house of the LORD your God,

And cry out to the LORD.

15 Alas for the day!

For the day of the LORD is near,

And it will come as destruction from

the Almighty.

16 Has not food been cut off before

our eyes,

Gladness and joy from the house of

our God?

17 The seeds shrivel under their clods;

The storehouses are desolate,

The barns are torn down,

For the grain is dried up.

18 How the beasts groan!

The herds of cattle wander aimlessly

Because there is no pasture for them;

Even the flocks of sheep suffer.

19 To You, O LORD, I cry;

For fire 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 pant for


For the water brooks are dried up

And fire has devoured the pastures of

the wilderness.

Joel 2

The Terrible Visitation

1 Blow a trumpet in Zion,

And sound an alarm on My holy


Let all the inhabitants of the land


For the day of the LORD is coming;

Surely it is near,

2 A day of darkness and gloom,

A day of clouds and thick darkness.

As the dawn is spread over the


So there is a great and mighty people;

There has never been anything like it,

Nor will there be again after it

To the years of many generations.

3 A fire consumes before them

And behind them a flame burns.

The land is like the garden of Eden

before them

But a desolate wilderness behind them,

And nothing at all escapes them.

4 Their appearance is like the appearance

of horses;

And like war horses, so they run.

5 With a noise as of chariots

They leap on the tops of the mountains,

Like the crackling of a flame of fire

consuming the stubble,

Like a mighty people arranged for battle.

6 Before them the people are in anguish;

All faces turn pale.

7 They run like mighty men,

They climb the wall like soldiers;

And they each march in line,

Nor do they deviate from their paths.

8 They do not crowd each other,

They march everyone in his path;

When they burst through the defenses,

They do not break ranks.

9 They rush on the city,

They run on the wall;

They climb into the houses,

They enter through the windows like

a thief.

10 Before them the earth quakes,

The heavens tremble,

The sun and the moon grow dark

And the stars lose their brightness.

11 The LORD utters His voice before

His army;

Surely His camp is very great,

For strong is he who carries out His word.

The day of the LORD is indeed great and

very awesome,

And who can endure it?

12 "Yet even now," declares the LORD,

" Return to Me with all your heart,

And with fasting, weeping and mourning;

13 And rend your heart and not your


Now return to the LORD your God,

For He is gracious and compassionate,

Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness

And relenting of evil.

14 Who knows whether He will not turn

and relent

And leave a blessing behind Him,

Even a grain offering and a drink offering

For the LORD your God?

15 Blow a trumpet in Zion,

Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn


16 Gather the people, sanctify the


Assemble the elders,

Gather the children and the nursing infants.

Let the bridegroom come out of his room

And the bride out of her bridal chamber.

17 Let the priests, the LORD'S ministers,

Weep between the porch and the altar,

And let them say, "Spare Your people,


And do not make Your inheritance a


A byword among the nations.

Why should they among the peoples say,

`Where is their God?'"

Deliverance Promised

18 Then the LORD will be zealous for

His land

And will have pity on His people.

19 The LORD will answer and say to His


"Behold, I am going to send you grain,

new wine and oil,

And you will be satisfied in full with them;

And I will never again make you a reproach

among the nations.

20 "But I will remove the northern army far

from you,

And I will drive it into a parched and desolate


And its vanguard into the eastern sea,

And its rear guard into the western sea.

And its stench will arise and its foul smell

will come up,

For it has done great things."

21 Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad,

For the LORD has done great things.

22 Do not fear, beasts of the field,

For the pastures of the wilderness have

turned green,

For the tree has borne its fruit,

The fig tree and the vine have yielded in full.

23 So rejoice, O sons of Zion,

And be glad in the LORD your God;

For He has given you the early rain for your


And He has poured down for you the rain,

The early and latter rain as before.

24 The threshing floors will be full of grain,

And the vats will overflow with the new wine

and oil.

25 "Then I will make up to you for the years

That the swarming locust has eaten,

The creeping locust, the stripping locust and

the gnawing locust,

My great army which I sent among you.

26 "You will have plenty to eat and be satisfied

And praise the name of the LORD your God,

Who has dealt wondrously with you;

Then My people will never be put to shame.

27 "Thus you will know that I am in the midst

of Israel,

And that I am the LORD your God,

And there is no other;

And My people will never be put to shame.

The Promise of the Spirit

28 "It will come about after this

That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;

And your sons and daughters will prophesy,

Your old men will dream dreams,

Your young men will see visions.

29 "Even on the male and female servants

I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

The Day of the LORD

30 "I will display wonders in the sky and

on the earth,

Blood, fire and columns of smoke.

31 "The sun will be turned into darkness

And the moon into blood

Before the great and awesome day of the

LORD comes.

32 "And it will come about that whoever

calls on the name of the LORD

Will be delivered;

For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem

There will be those who escape,

As the LORD has said,

Even among the survivors whom the

LORD calls. 

Joel 3

The Nations Will Be Judged

1 "For behold, in those days and at

that time,

When I restore the fortunes of Judah

and Jerusalem,

2 I will gather all the nations

And bring them down to the valley

of Jehoshaphat.

Then I will enter into judgment with

them there

On behalf of My people and My

inheritance, Israel,

Whom they have scattered among

the nations;

And they have divided up My land.

3 "They have also cast lots for My people,

Traded a boy for a harlot

And sold a girl for wine that they may drink.

4 "Moreover, what are you to Me, O Tyre, Sidon and all the regions of Philistia? Are you rendering Me a recompense? But if you do recompense Me, swiftly and speedily I will return your recompense on your head. 5 "Since you have taken My silver and My gold, brought My precious treasures to your temples, 6 and sold the sons of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their territory, 7 behold, I am going to arouse them from the place where you have sold them, and return your recompense on your head. 8 "Also I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the sons of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a distant nation," for the LORD has spoken.

9 Proclaim this among the nations:

Prepare a war; rouse the mighty men!

Let all the soldiers draw near, let them

come up!

10 Beat your plowshares into swords

And your pruning hooks into spears;

Let the weak say, "I am a mighty man."

11 Hasten and come, all you surrounding


And gather yourselves there.

Bring down, O LORD, Your mighty ones.

12 Let the nations be aroused

And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat,

For there I will sit to judge

All the surrounding nations.

13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.

Come, tread, for the wine press is full;

The vats overflow, for their wickedness

is great.

14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of


For the day of the LORD is near in the

valley of decision.

15 The sun and moon grow dark

And the stars lose their brightness.

16 The LORD roars from Zion

And utters His voice from Jerusalem,

And the heavens and the earth tremble.

But the LORD is a refuge for His people

And a stronghold to the sons of Israel.

17 Then you will know that I am the LORD

your God,

Dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain.

So Jerusalem will be holy,

And strangers will pass through it no more.

Judah Will Be Blessed

18 And in that day

The mountains will drip with sweet wine,

And the hills will flow with milk,

And all the brooks of Judah will flow

with water;

And a spring will go out from the house

of the LORD

To water the valley of Shittim.

19 Egypt will become a waste,

And Edom will become a desolate


Because of the violence done to the sons

of Judah,

In whose land they have shed innocent


20 But Judah will be inhabited forever

And Jerusalem for all generations.

21 And I will avenge their blood which

I have not avenged,

For the LORD dwells in Zion.

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