15 Alas for the day!
(A)For the day of the Lord is near,
    and as destruction from the Almighty[a] it comes.
16 Is not the food cut off
    before our eyes,
(B)joy and gladness
    from the house of our God?

17 (C)The seed shrivels under the clods;[b]
    the storehouses are desolate;
the granaries are torn down
    because (D)the grain has dried up.
18 How (E)the beasts groan!
    The herds of cattle are perplexed
because there is no pasture for them;
    even the flocks of sheep suffer.[c]

19 To you, (F)O Lord, I call.
(G)For fire has devoured
    the pastures of the wilderness,
(H)and flame has burned
    all the trees of the field.
20 Even the beasts of the field (I)pant for you
    because the water brooks are dried up,
(J)and fire has devoured
    the pastures of the wilderness.

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Footnotes

  1. Joel 1:15 Destruction sounds like the Hebrew for Almighty
  2. Joel 1:17 The meaning of the Hebrew line is uncertain
  3. Joel 1:18 Or are made desolate

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