10 The field is (A)ruined,
(B)The land mourns;
For the grain is ruined,
The new wine dries up,
Fresh oil [a]fails.
11 [b](C)Be ashamed, O farmers,
Wail, O vinedressers,
For the wheat and the barley;
Because the (D)harvest of the field is destroyed.
12 The (E)vine dries up
And the fig tree [c]fails;
The (F)pomegranate, the (G)palm also, and the [d](H)apple tree,
All the trees of the field dry up.
Indeed, (I)rejoicing dries up
From the sons of men.

13 (J)Gird yourselves with sackcloth
And lament, O priests;
(K)Wail, O ministers of the altar!
Come, (L)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 (M)Consecrate a fast,
Proclaim a (N)solemn assembly;
Gather the elders
And all the inhabitants of the land
To the house of the Lord your God,
And (O)cry out to the Lord.
15 (P)Alas for the day!
For the (Q)day of the Lord is near,
And it will come as (R)destruction from the [e]Almighty.
16 Has not (S)food been cut off before our eyes,
Gladness and (T)joy from the house of our God?
17 The [f](U)seeds shrivel under their [g]clods;
The storehouses are desolate,
The barns are torn down,
For the grain is dried up.

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Footnotes

  1. Joel 1:10 Lit wastes away
  2. Joel 1:11 Or The farmers are ashamed, The vinedressers wail
  3. Joel 1:12 Lit wastes away
  4. Joel 1:12 Or apricot
  5. Joel 1:15 Heb Shaddai
  6. Joel 1:17 Or dried figs
  7. Joel 1:17 Or shovels

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