The Old Testament

Joel


 

1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.

 

1:2 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?  1:3

Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their

children, and their children another generation.

 

1:4 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.

 

1:5 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.

 

1:6 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.

 

1:7 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.

 

1:8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her

youth.

 

1:9 The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house

of the LORD; the priests, the LORD's ministers, mourn.

 

1:10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted:

the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.

 

1:11 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.

 

1:12 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.

 

1:13 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.

 

1:14 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, 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD

is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

 

1:16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness

from the house of our God?  1:17 The seed is rotten under their clods,

the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn

is withered.

 

1:18 How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed,

because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made

desolate.

 

1:19 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.

 

1:20 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.

 

2:1 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; 2:2 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 generations.

 

2:3 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.

 

2:4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as

horsemen, so shall they run.

 

2:5 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.

 

2:6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall

gather blackness.

 

2:7 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: 2:8 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.

 

2:9 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.

 

2:10 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: 2:11 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?

2:12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all

your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

2:13 And 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.

 

2:14 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

your God?  2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a

solemn assembly: 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation,

assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the

breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out

of her closet.

 

2:17 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 thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over

them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

2:18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

 

2:19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will

send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith:

and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: 2:20 But I

will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him

into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea,

and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come

up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great

things.

 

2:21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great

things.

 

2:22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the

wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and

the vine do yield their strength.

 

2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your

God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will

cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter

rain in the first month.

 

2:24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall

overflow with wine and oil.

 

2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten,

the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army

which I sent among you.

 

2:26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name

of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my

people shall never be ashamed.

 

2:27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am

the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be

ashamed.

 

2:28 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: 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in

those days will I pour out my spirit.

 

2:30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood,

and fire, and pillars of smoke.

 

2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood,

before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.

 

2:32 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 hath said, and in the remnant whom

the LORD shall call.

 

3:1 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring

again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, 3:2 I will also gather all

nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and

will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel,

whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

 

3:3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an

harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.

 

3:4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all

the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye

recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon

your own head; 3:5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and

have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things: 3:6 The

children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto

the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.

 

3:7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold

them, and will return your recompence upon your own head: 3:8 And I

will sell 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 hath spoken it.

 

3:9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the

mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: 3:10

Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears:

let the weak say, I am strong.

 

3:11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather

yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come

down, O LORD.

 

3:12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of

Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round

about.

 

3:13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you

down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness

is great.

 

3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of

the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

 

3:15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall

withdraw their shining.

 

3:16 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 be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of

Israel.

 

3:17 So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my

holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no

strangers pass through her any more.

 

3:18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall

drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the

rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come

forth out of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of

Shittim.

 

3:19 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.

 

3:20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to

generation.

 

3:21 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the

LORD dwelleth in Zion.