14 Declare a holy fast;(A)
    call a sacred assembly.
Summon the elders
    and all who live in the land(B)
to the house of the Lord your God,
    and cry out(C) to the Lord.(D)

15 Alas for that(E) day!
    For the day of the Lord(F) is near;
    it will come like destruction from the Almighty.[a](G)

16 Has not the food been cut off(H)
    before our very eyes—
joy and gladness(I)
    from the house of our God?(J)
17 The seeds are shriveled
    beneath the clods.[b](K)
The storehouses are in ruins,
    the granaries have been broken down,
    for the grain has dried up.
18 How the cattle moan!
    The herds mill about
because they have no pasture;(L)
    even the flocks of sheep are suffering.(M)

19 To you, Lord, I call,(N)
    for fire(O) has devoured the pastures(P) in the wilderness
    and flames have burned up all the trees of the field.
20 Even the wild animals pant for you;(Q)
    the streams of water have dried up(R)
    and fire has devoured the pastures(S) in the wilderness.

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  1. Joel 1:15 Hebrew Shaddai
  2. Joel 1:17 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

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