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Joel 1:13-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 Gird yourselves with sackcloth
And lament, O priests;
Wail, O ministers of the altar!
Come, spend the night in sackcloth
O ministers of my God,
For the grain offering and the drink offering
Are withheld from the house of your God.

Starvation and Drought

14 Consecrate a fast,
Proclaim a solemn assembly;
Gather the elders
And all the inhabitants of the land
To the house of the Lord your God,
And cry out to the Lord.
15 Alas for the day!
For the day of the Lord is near,
And it will come as destruction from the [a]Almighty.
16 Has not food been cut off before our eyes,
Gladness and joy from the house of our God?
17 The [b]seeds shrivel under their [c]clods;
The storehouses are desolate,
The barns are torn down,
For the grain is dried up.
18 How the beasts groan!
The herds of cattle wander aimlessly
Because there is no pasture for them;
Even the flocks of sheep [d]suffer.
19 To You, O Lord, I cry;
For fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness
And the flame has burned up all the trees of the field.
20 Even the beasts of the field [e]pant for You;
For the water brooks are dried up
And fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

Footnotes:

  1. Joel 1:15 Heb Shaddai
  2. Joel 1:17 Or dried figs
  3. Joel 1:17 Or shovels
  4. Joel 1:18 Lit bear punishment
  5. Joel 1:20 Lit long for
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