The Book of Joel                             Joel Chapter 1


The Devastation of the Locusts

 1The word of the LORD that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel:
 2Hear this, O elders,
         And listen, all inhabitants of the land
         Has anything like this happened in your days
         Or in your fathers' days?
3Tell your sons about it,
         And let your sons tell their sons,
         And their sons the next generation.
4What 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.   

          The Kingdom of God is Upon You

                  5Awake, drunkards, and weep;
                   And wail, all you wine drinkers,
                   On account of the sweet wine
                   That is cut off from your mouth.

                6For 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.


  7It 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.
8Wail like a virgin girded with sackcloth
         For the bridegroom of her youth.
9The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off
         From the house of the LORD
         The priests mourn,
         The ministers of the LORD.
10The field is ruined,
         The land mourns;
         For the grain is ruined,
         The new wine dries up,
         Fresh oil fails.
11Be ashamed, O farmers,
         Wail, O vinedressers,
         For the wheat and the barley;
         Because the harvest of the field is destroyed.
12The 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.
13Gird 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 offering
         Are withheld from the house of your God.

Starvation and Drought

    14Consecrate 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.
15Alas for the day!
         For the day of the LORD is near,
         And it will come as destruction from the Almighty.
16Has not food been cut off before our eyes,
         Gladness and joy from the house of our God?
17The seeds shrivel under their clods;
         The storehouses are desolate,
         The barns are torn down,
         For the grain is dried up.
18How the beasts groan!
         The herds of cattle wander aimlessly
         Because there is no pasture for them;
         Even the flocks of sheep suffer.
19To 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.
20Even the beasts of the field pant for You;
         For the water brooks are dried up
         And fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

Joel Chapter 2

The Terrible Visitation

    1Blow a trumpet in Zion,
         And sound an alarm on My holy mountain!
         Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
         For the day of the LORD is coming;
         Surely it is near,
2A day of darkness and gloom,
         A day of clouds and thick darkness
         As the dawn is spread over the mountains,
         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.
3A 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.
4Their appearance is like the appearance of horses;
         And like war horses, so they run.
5With 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.
 6Before them the people are in anguish;
         All faces turn pale.
7They run like mighty men,
         They climb the wall like soldiers;
         And they each march in line,
         Nor do they deviate from their paths.
8They do not crowd each other,
         They march everyone in his path;
         When they burst through the defenses,
         They do not break ranks.
9They rush on the city,
         They run on the wall;
         They climb into the houses,
         They enter through the windows like a thief.
10Before them the earth quakes,
         The Heavens tremble,
         The sun and the moon grow dark
         And the stars lose their brightness.
11The 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;
13And rend your heart and not your garments "
         Now return to the LORD your God,
         For He is gracious and compassionate,
         Slow to anger, abounding in loving kindness
         And relenting of evil.
14Who 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?
15Blow a trumpet in Zion,
         Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,
16Gather the people, sanctify the congregation,
         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.
17Let the priests, the LORD'S ministers,
         Weep between the porch and the altar,
         And let them say, "Spare Your people, O LORD,
         And do not make Your inheritance a reproach,
         A byword among the nations
         Why should they among the peoples say,
         'Where is their God?'"

Deliverance Promised

    18Then the LORD will be zealous for His land
         And will have pity on His people.
19The LORD will answer and say to His people,
         "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 land,
         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."
21Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad,
         For the LORD has done great things.
22Do 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.
23So rejoice, O sons of Zion,
         And be glad in the LORD your God;
         For He has given you the early rain for your vindication
         And He has poured down for you the rain,
         The early and latter rain as before.
    24The 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 then pour out my own 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 Chapter 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,
2I 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, 6and sold the sons of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their territory, 7behold, 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.

9Proclaim this among the nations:
         Prepare a war; rouse the mighty men!
         Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up!
10Beat your plowshares into swords
         And your pruning hooks into spears;
         Let the weak say, "I am a mighty man."
11Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations,
         And gather yourselves there
         Bring down, O LORD, Your mighty ones.
12Let the nations be aroused
         And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat,
         For there I will sit to judge
         All the surrounding nations.
13Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe
         Come, tread, for the wine press is full;
         The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.
14Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!
         For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
15The sun and moon grow dark
         And the stars lose their brightness.
16The 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.


       The New Israel Will Be Blessed

  17Then you will know that I am the LORD your God,
         Dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain
         So Jerusalem again will be holy,
         And strangers will pass through it no more.

    18And 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.

   19Egypt will become a waste,
         And Edom will become a desolate wilderness,
         Because of the violence done to the sons of Judah,
         In whose land they have shed innocent blood.
20But Judah will be inhabited forever
         And Jerusalem for all generations.
21And I will avenge their blood which I have not avenged,
For the LORD dwells in Zion.





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