1: The word of the LORD that came to Joel, the son
2: Hear this, you aged men, give ear, all inhabitants of
the land! Has such a thing happened in your days, or in the days of your
3: Tell your children of it, and let your children tell
their children, and their children another generation.
4: What the
cutting locust left, the swarming locust has eaten. What the swarming locust
left, the hopping locust has eaten, and what the hopping locust left, the
destroying locust has eaten.
5: Awake, you drunkards, and weep; and
wail, all you drinkers of wine, because of the sweet wine, for it is cut off
from your mouth.
6: For a nation has come up against my land,
powerful and without number; its teeth are lions' teeth, and it has the fangs of
7: It has laid waste my vines, and splintered my fig
trees; it has stripped off their bark and thrown it down; their branches are
8: Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the
bridegroom of her youth.
9: The cereal offering and the drink
offering are cut off from the house of the LORD. The priests mourn, the
ministers of the LORD.
10: The fields are laid waste, the ground
mourns; because the grain is destroyed, the wine fails, the oil languishes.
11: Be confounded, O tillers of the soil, wail, O vinedressers, for
the wheat and the barley; because the harvest of the field has perished.
12: The vine withers, the fig tree languishes. Pomegranate, palm, and
apple, all the trees of the field are withered; and gladness fails from the sons
13: Gird on sackcloth and lament, O priests, wail, O
ministers of the altar. Go in, pass the night in sackcloth, O ministers of my
God! Because cereal offering and drink offering are withheld from the house of
14: Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly. Gather the
elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the LORD your God;
and cry to the LORD.
15: Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is
near, and as destruction from the Almighty it comes.
16: Is not the
food cut off before our eyes, joy and gladness from the house of our God?
17: The seed shrivels under the clods, the storehouses are desolate;
the granaries are ruined because the grain has failed.
18: How the
beasts groan! The herds of cattle are perplexed because there is no pasture for
them; even the flocks of sheep are dismayed.
19: Unto thee, O LORD, I
cry. For fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and flame has burned
all the trees of the field.
20: Even the wild beasts cry to thee
because the water brooks are dried up, and fire has devoured the pastures of the
1: Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my
holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the
LORD is coming, it is near,
2: a day of darkness and gloom, a day of
clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains a
great and powerful people; their like has never been from of old, nor will be
again after them through the years of all generations.
devours before them, and behind them a flame burns. The land is like the garden
of Eden before them, but after them a desolate wilderness, and nothing escapes
4: Their appearance is like the appearance of horses, and like
war horses they run.
5: As with the rumbling of chariots, they leap
on the tops of the mountains, like the crackling of a flame of fire devouring
the stubble, like a powerful army drawn up for battle.
6: Before them
peoples are in anguish, all faces grow pale.
7: Like warriors they
charge, like soldiers they scale the wall. They march each on his way, they do
not swerve from their paths.
8: They do not jostle one another, each
marches in his path; they burst through the weapons and are not halted.
9: They leap upon the city, they run upon the walls; they climb up
into the houses, they enter through the windows like a thief.
earth quakes before them, the heavens tremble. The sun and the moon are
darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining.
11: The LORD utters
his voice before his army, for his host is exceedingly great; he that executes
his word is powerful. For the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; who
can endure it?
12: "Yet even now," says the LORD, "return to me with
all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
and rend your hearts and not your garments." Return to the LORD, your God, for
he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and
repents of evil.
14: Who knows whether he will not turn and repent,
and leave a blessing behind him, a cereal offering and a drink offering for the
LORD, your God?
15: Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a
16: gather the people. Sanctify the congregation;
assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the
bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber.
17: Between the
vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep and
say, "Spare thy people, O LORD, and make not thy heritage a reproach, a byword
among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, `Where is their God?'"
18: Then the LORD became jealous for his land, and had pity on his
19: The LORD answered and said to his people, "Behold, I am
sending to you grain, wine, and oil, and you will be satisfied; and I will no
more make you a reproach among the nations.
20: "I will remove the
northerner far from you, and drive him into a parched and desolate land, his
front into the eastern sea, and his rear into the western sea; the stench and
foul smell of him will rise, for he has done great things.
not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the LORD has done great things!
22: Fear not, you beasts of the field, for the pastures of the
wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit, the fig tree and vine give their
23: "Be glad, O sons of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD,
your God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication, he has poured
down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before.
24: "The threshing floors shall be full of grain, the vats shall
overflow with wine and oil.
25: I will restore to you the years which
the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my
great army, which I sent among you.
26: "You shall eat in plenty and
be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously
with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.
shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the LORD, am your God
and there is none else. And my people shall never again be put to shame.
28: "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my
spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men
shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.
upon the menservants and maidservants in those days, I will pour out my spirit.
30: "And I will give portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood
and fire and columns of smoke.
31: The sun shall be turned to
darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD
32: And it shall come to pass that all who call upon the name
of the LORD shall be delivered; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall
be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the survivors shall be
those whom the LORD calls.
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 Jehosh'aphat, and I will
enter into judgment with them there, on account of my people and my heritage
Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations, and have divided up
3: and have cast lots for my people, and have given a boy
for a harlot, and have sold a girl for wine, and have drunk it.
"What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you
paying me back for something? If you are paying me back, I will requite your
deed upon your own head swiftly and speedily.
5: For you have taken
my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples.
6: You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks,
removing them far from their own border.
7: But now I will stir them
up from the place to which you have sold them, and I will requite your deed upon
your own head.
8: I will sell your sons and your daughters into the
hand of the sons of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabe'ans, to a nation
far off; for the LORD has spoken."
9: Proclaim this among the
nations: Prepare war, stir up the mighty men. Let all the men of war 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 warrior."
Hasten and come, all you nations round about, gather yourselves there. Bring
down thy warriors, O LORD.
12: Let the nations bestir themselves, and
come up to the valley of Jehosh'aphat; for there I will sit to judge all the
nations round about.
13: Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.
Go in, tread, for the wine press is full. The vats overflow, for their
wickedness is great.
14: Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of
decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
15: The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their
16: And the LORD roars from Zion, and utters his voice from
Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth shake. But the LORD is a refuge to his
people, a stronghold to the people of Israel.
17: "So you shall know
that I am the LORD your God, who dwell in Zion, my holy mountain. And Jerusalem
shall be holy and strangers shall never again pass through it.
"And in that day the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and the hills shall flow
with milk, and all the stream beds of Judah shall flow with water; and a
fountain shall come forth from the house of the LORD and water the valley of
19: "Egypt shall become a desolation and Edom a desolate
wilderness, for the violence done to the people of Judah, because they have shed
innocent blood in their land.
20: But Judah shall be inhabited for
ever, and Jerusalem to all generations.
21: I will avenge their
blood, and I will not clear the guilty, for the LORD dwells in Zion."