Joel 1-3 English Standard Version (ESV)
1 The word of the Lord that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel:
An Invasion of Locusts
2 Hear this, you elders;
4 What the cutting locust left,
5 Awake, you drunkards, and weep,
8 Lament like a virgin[a] wearing sackcloth
11 Be ashamed,[b] O tillers of the soil;
A Call to Repentance
13 Put on sackcloth and lament, O priests;
14 Consecrate a fast;
15 Alas for the day!
17 The seed shrivels under the clods;[d]
19 To you, O Lord, I call.
The Day of the Lord
2 Blow a trumpet in Zion;
3 Fire devours before them,
4 Their appearance is like the appearance of horses,
6 Before them peoples are in anguish;
10 The earth quakes before them;
Return to the Lord
12 “Yet even now,” declares the Lord,
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion;
17 Between the vestibule and the altar
The Lord Had Pity
18 Then the Lord became jealous for his land
20 “I will remove the northerner far from you,
21 “Fear not, O land;
23 “Be glad, O children of Zion,
24 “The threshing floors shall be full of grain;
26 “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
The Lord Will Pour Out His Spirit
28 [j] “And it shall come to pass afterward,
30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 32 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.
The Lord Judges the Nations
3 [k] “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land, 3 and have cast lots for my people, and have traded a boy for a prostitute, and have sold a girl for wine and have drunk it.
4 “What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are paying me back, I will return your payment on your own head swiftly and speedily. 5 For you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples.[l] 6 You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their own border. 7 Behold, I will stir them up from the place to which you have sold them, and I will return your payment on your own head. 8 I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a nation far away, for the Lord has spoken.”
9 Proclaim this among the nations:
11 Hasten and come,
13 Put in the sickle,
14 Multitudes, multitudes,
16 The Lord roars from Zion,
The Glorious Future of Judah
17 “So you shall know that I am the Lord your God,
18 “And in that day
19 “Egypt shall become a desolation
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