Old Testament - Joel
1 THE word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Bethuel: 2 Hear this, O you elders, and give ear, all you inhabitants of the land! Has such a calamity ever happened in your days, or in the days of your fathers? 3 Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation. 4 What the palmerworm has left, the locust has eaten; and what the swarming locust has left, the crawling locust has eaten; and what the crawling locust has left, the cankerworm has eaten. 5 Awake, O you drunkards, and weep; and howl, all you drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth. 6 A nation has come up against my land, strong, and without number; whose teeth are like the teeth of a lion, and his fangs as the fangs of a lionís whelp. 7 He has laid my vine waste, and has cut off my fig tree and thrown it away; the branches thereof are made white."
"8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth. 9 The meal offering and the drink offering are cut off from the house of the LORD; the kings mourn, and the priests who minister to the LORD mourn. 10 The field is plundered, the land mourns; for the wheat is plundered, the new wine is dried up, the olive orchards are destroyed. 11 Be ashamed, O you husbandmen; howl, O you vinedressers, howl for the wheat and for the barley because the harvest of the fields is perished. 12 The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languishes; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree, and the apple tree, all the trees of the field are withered; joy is fled from the sons of men. 13 Gird yourselves with sackcloth and lament, O you priests; howl, O you ministers of the altar; go in, spend the night in sackcloth, O you ministers of my God, because the meal offering and the drink offering are withheld from the house of your God."
"14 Sanctify 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 to the LORD your God, and say, 15 Alas, alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as plunder from God shall it come. 16 And, behold, before our eyes the food is cut off from the house of our God, and gladness and joy have ceased. 17 The cows languish at their mangers, the granaries are laid waste, the winepresses are thrown down, and the grain is dried up. 18 How the beasts groan! the herds of cattle cry because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep also are perished. 19 O LORD, to thee will I cry; for the fire has devoured the camps of shepherds in the wilderness, and the flame has burned all the trees of the field. 20 Also the beasts of the field cry out to thee because the ponds of water are dried up, and the fire has devoured the camps of shepherds in the wilderness."
2:1 BLOW 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 is come; 2 And the day of darkness and gloom is near, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, like the morning spread upon the mountains; it shall come upon a great and strong people; there has not been ever the like from of old, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. 3 A 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; and nothing shall escape them. 4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and like horsemen so they run; 5 Like the noise of chariots that rumble on the tops of the mountains, like the noise of a flame of fire that devours the stubble, like a mighty people arrayed for war. 6 Before their presence the people shall tremble; all faces shall be dismayed and confounded. 7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the walls like men of war; and they shall march in order every man on his way, and they shall not turn aside from their ranks; 8 Neither shall one push another; but they shall walk in order every one in his path; some of them shall fall down because of the weight of their armor, they shall not trample them. 9 They shall go up against the cities; they shall run upon the walls, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter through the windows like thieves. 10 The earth quakes before them; the heavens tremble; the sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars have withdrawn their shining. 11 The LORD has shouted before his army; for his host is very great; mighty is the work executed by his word; for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; who can endure it?"
"12 Therefore now, says the LORD, return to me with all your heart, and with fasting and with weeping and with mourning; 13 And rend your hearts and not your garments, and turn to the LORD your God; for he is gracious and merciful, patient and of great kindness, and he averts disaster. 14 Who knows if he will return again and multiply us, and increase his blessing in his land, even a meal offering and a drink offering to the LORD your God? 15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly; 16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the young men and those who suck the breasts; let the bridegroom leave his bedchamber, and the bride come out of her bridal chamber. 17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thy heritage to reproach, that the Gentiles should rule over them, lest the Gentiles say, Where is their God?"
"18 Then the LORD will be zealous for his land, and pity his people. 19 Yea, the LORD has answered and said to his people, Behold, I will send you grain and wine and oil, and you shall be satisfied; and I will no more make you a reproach of the nations. 20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and I will drive him into a dry and desolate land, with his face toward the last sea, and his rear toward the utmost sea, and his smell shall come up, and his stench shall arise because he has boasted to do great things. 21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice; for the LORD has exalted himself to do wonderful things. 22 Be not afraid, you beasts of the field; for grass has sprung up in the pastures of the wilderness; the tree bears its fruit, the vine and the fig tree have yielded their strength. 23 Be glad then, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God; for he has given you food of righteousness, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the early and the latter rain, as before. 24 And the threshing floors shall be full of grain, and the winepresses shall overflow with wine and oil. 25 And I will recompense you for the years that the locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the cankerworm, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent against you. 26 And 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 be put to shame. 27 And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel and that I am the LORD your God and there is none besides me; and my people shall never be ashamed."
"28 And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes. 32 And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered; for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said to the remnant whom the LORD has called."
3:1 FOR behold, in those days and in that time, when I shall bring back the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem. 2 I will also gather all nations and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and I will enter into judgment with them there for the sake of my people and for the sake of my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and because they have divided up my land. 3 And they have cast lots for my people, and have given boys for the price of harlots, and sold the girls for wine, that they might drink. 4 What are you to me, O Tyre and Zidon and all the coasts of Palestine? Are you paying me a recompense? and if you recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompense upon your own heads; 5 Because you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my beautiful vessels; 6 And the children of Judah and the children of Jerusalem you have sold to the Greeks, that you might remove them far from their own border. 7 Behold, I will stir them up from the place to which you have sold them, and will return your recompense upon your own heads; 8 And I will deliver your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off; for the LORD had spoken it."
"9 Proclaim this among the Gentiles: Get ready for 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 sickles into spears. Let the weak say, I am a mighty man. 11 Assemble yourselves, and come; all you nations round about, draw near; and there will the LORD break your might. 12 Let the nations be awakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the nations round about. 13 Put in the sickles, for the harvest is ripe; go in, tread down; for wheat pits are full, and the wine presses overflow; for their wickedness is great. 14 An uproar and tumult 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 have withdrawn their shining. 16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake; but the LORD will have pity upon his people, and will strengthen the children of Israel. 17 Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God, dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain; then Jerusalem shall be holy, and there shall no foreigners sojourn in it any more."
"18 And it shall come to pass in that day that the mountains shall drip sweetness and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the brooks of Judah shall flow with water; and a fountain shall come forth from the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim. 19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land. 20 But Judah shall dwell for ever and Jerusalem from generation to generation. 21 For I will avenge their blood, and I will not absolve the offenders; and the LORD will dwell in Zion."