Chapter 1

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

2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land.

Hath this been in your days, or in the days of your fathers?

3 Tell ye your children of it, and [let] your children [tell] their

children, and their children another generation.

4 That which the palmer-worm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that

which the locust hath left hath the canker-worm eaten; and that which the

canker-worm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.

5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and wail, all ye drinkers of wine,

because of the sweet wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.

6 For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number; his

teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the jaw-teeth of a lioness.

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.

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


9 The meal-offering and the drink-offering are cut off from the house of

Jehovah; the priests, Jehovah's ministers, mourn.

10 The field is laid waste, the land mourneth; for the grain is

destroyed, the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.

11 Be confounded, O ye husbandmen, wail, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat

and for the barley; for the harvest of the field is perished.

12 The vine is withered, 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: for joy is withered away from the sons of


13 Gird yourselves [with sackcloth], and lament, ye priests; wail, ye

ministers of the altar; come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of

my God: for the meal-offering and the drink-offering are withholden from

the house of your God.

14. Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the old men [and] all

the inhabitants of the land unto the house of Jehovah your God, and cry

unto Jehovah.

15 Alas for the day! for the day of Jehovah is at hand, and as

destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

16 Is not the food cut off before our eyes, [yea], joy and gladness from

the house of our God?

17 The seeds rot under their clods; the garners are laid desolate, the

barns are broken down; for the grain is withered.

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.

19 O Jehovah, to thee do I cry; for the fire hath devoured the pastures

of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.

20 Yea, the beasts of the field pant unto thee; for the water brooks are

dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

Chapter 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 Jehovah cometh,

for it is nigh at hand;

2 a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

as the dawn spread upon the mountains; a great people and a strong; there

hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after them, even to

the years of many generations.

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 none hath escaped them.

4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen,

so do they run.

5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of the mountains do they leap,

like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong

people set in battle array.

6 At their presence the peoples are in anguish; all faces are waxed pale.

7 They run like mighty men; they climb the wall like men of war; and they

march every one on his ways, and they break not their ranks.

8 Neither doth one thrust another; they march every one in his path; and

they burst through the weapons, and break not off [their course].

9 They leap upon the city; they run upon the wall; they climb up into the

houses; they enter in at the windows like a thief.

10 The earth quaketh before them; the heavens tremble; the sun and the

moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining.

11 And Jehovah uttereth his voice before his army; for his camp is very

great; for he is strong that executeth his word; for the day of Jehovah is

great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

12. Yet even now, saith Jehovah, turn ye unto me with all your heart, and

with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

13 and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto Jehovah your

God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in

lovingkindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

14 Who knoweth whether he will not turn and repent, and leave a blessing

behind him, even a meal-offering and a drink-offering unto Jehovah your


15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly;

16 gather the people, sanctify the assembly, assemble the old men, gather

the children, and those that suck the breasts; let the bridegroom go forth

from his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

17 Let the priests, the ministers of Jehovah, weep between the porch and

the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Jehovah, and give not thy

heritage to reproach, that the nations should rule over them: wherefore

should they say among the peoples, Where is their God?

18. Then was Jehovah jealous for his land, and had pity on his people.

19 And Jehovah answered and said unto his people, Behold, I will send you

grain, and new wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith; and I

will no more make you a reproach among the nations;

20 but I will remove far off from you the northern [army], and will drive

it into a land barren and desolate, its forepart into the eastern sea, and

its hinder part into the western sea; and its stench shall come up, and its

ill savor shall come up, because it hath done great things.

21 Fear not, O land, be glad and rejoice; for Jehovah hath done great


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

wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth its fruit, the fig-tree and the

vine do yield their strength.

23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in Jehovah your God;

for he giveth you the former rain in just measure, and he causeth to come

down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, in the first


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

with new wine and oil.

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

canker-worm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer-worm, my great army which

I sent among you.

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

of Jehovah your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you; and my people

shall never be put to shame.

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

Jehovah your God, and there is none else; and my people shall never be put

to shame.

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 in 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 terrible day of Jehovah cometh.

32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of

Jehovah shall be delivered; for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall

be those that escape, as Jehovah hath said, and among the remnant those

whom Jehovah doth call.

Chapter 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 gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of

Jehoshaphat; and I will execute judgment upon them there for my people and

for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations: and

they have parted my land,

3 and have cast lots for my people, and have given a boy for a harlot,

and sold a girl for wine, that they may drink.

4 Yea, and what are ye to me, O Tyre, and Sidon, and all the regions of

Philistia? will ye render me a recompense? and if ye recompense me, swiftly

and speedily will I return your recompense upon your own head.

5 Forasmuch as ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into

your temples my goodly precious things,

6 and have sold the children of Judah and the children of Jerusalem unto

the sons of the Grecians, that ye may remove them far from their border;

7 behold, I will stir them up out of the place whither ye have sold them,

and will return your recompense upon your own head;

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 men of Sheba, to a

nation far off: for Jehovah hath spoken it.

9. Proclaim ye 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 strong.

11 Haste ye, and come, all ye nations round about, and gather yourselves

together: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Jehovah.

12 Let the nations bestir themselves, and come up to the valley of

Jehoshaphat; for there will I sit to judge all the nations round about.

13 Put ye in the sickle; for the harvest is ripe: come, tread ye; for the

winepress is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! for the day of

Jehovah is near in the valley of decision.

15 The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their


16 And Jehovah will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem;

and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but Jehovah will be a refuge

unto his people, and a stronghold to the children of Israel.

17 So shall ye know that I am Jehovah your God, dwelling in Zion my holy

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

through her any more.

18. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop

down sweet wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the brooks of

Judah shall flow with waters; and a fountain shall come forth from the

house of Jehovah, and shall water the valley of Shittim.

19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness,

for the violence done to the children of Judah, because they have shed

innocent blood in their land.

20 But Judah shall abide for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to


21 And I will cleanse their blood, that I have not cleansed: for Jehovah

dwelleth in Zion.

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