Joel 1 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)
1 1 A prophecy against the Jews. 2 He exhorteth the people to prayer and fasting for the misery that was at hand.
1 The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.
3 Tell you your children of it, and let your children show to their children, and their children, to another generation.
4 That which is left of the palmerworm, hath the grasshopper eaten, and the residue of the grasshopper hath the cankerworm eaten, and the residue of the cankerworm hath the caterpillar eaten.
5 Awake ye [c]drunkards, and weep and howl all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine, for it shall be pulled from your mouth.
6 Yea, [d]a nation cometh upon my land, mighty and without number, whose teeth are like the teeth of a lion, and he hath the jaws of a great lion.
7 He maketh my vine waste, and pilleth off the bark of my fig tree: he maketh it bare, and casteth it down: the branches thereof are made white.
8 Mourn like a virgin girded with sackcloth, for the [e]husband of her youth.
9 The meat offering and the drink offering is [f]cut off from the house of the Lord: the Priests the Lord’s ministers mourn.
10 The field is wasted: the land mourneth: for the corn is destroyed: [g]the new wine is dried up, and the oil is decayed.
11 Be ye ashamed, O husbandmen: howl, O ye vinedressers for the wheat and for the barley, because the harvest of the field is perished.
12 The vine is dried up, and the fig tree is decayed: the pomegranate tree and the palm tree, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field are withered: surely the joy is withered away from the sons of men.
13 [h]Gird yourselves and lament ye Priests: howl ye ministers of the altar: come, and lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering, and the drink offering is taken away from the house of your God.
14 Sanctify you 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,
15 Alas: for the day, for the [i]day of the Lord is at hand, and it cometh as a destruction from the Almighty.
16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes? and joy, and gladness from the house of our God?
17 The seed is rotten under their clods: the garners are destroyed: the barns are broken down, for the corn is withered.
18 How did the beasts mourn! the herds of cattle pine away, because they have no pasture, and the flocks of sheep are destroyed.
19 O Lord, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burnt up all the trees of the field.
20 The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the river of waters are dried up, and the [j]fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.
Joel 1 New International Version (NIV)
1 The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel.
An Invasion of Locusts
2 Hear this, you elders;
5 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep!
8 Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth
11 Despair, you farmers,
A Call to Lamentation
13 Put on sackcloth, you priests, and mourn;
15 Alas for that day!
16 Has not the food been cut off
19 To you, Lord, I call,