The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.
 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear,
all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?
ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.
That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the
cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.
 Awake, ye drunkards,
and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.
For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion,
and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.
 He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he
hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.
 Lament like a virgin
girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.
 The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off
from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD's ministers, mourn.
 The field is wasted, the land
mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.
 Be ye ashamed, O
ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the
field is perished.
 The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm
tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away
from the sons of men.
 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come,
lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden
from the house of your God.
 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all
the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,
 Alas for
the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God?
 The seed is
rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.
How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the
flocks of sheep are made desolate.
 O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures
of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.
 The beasts of the field cry
also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.
 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the
land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
 A day of darkness and of gloominess,
a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a
strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many
 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden
of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.
 Like the
noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth
the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all
faces shall gather blackness.
 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and
they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:
 Neither shall one thrust
another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they
shall enter in at the windows like a thief.
 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the
sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
 And the LORD shall utter
his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day
of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
 Therefore also now, saith the LORD,
turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
 Who knoweth if he will return
and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD
 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
 Gather the people,
sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let