1 THE WORD of HaShem that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.
2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of
the land. Hath this been in your days, or in the days of your fathers?
3 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell
their children, and their children another generation.
4 That which the palmer-worm hath left hath the locust eaten;
and that which the locust hath left hath the canker-worm eaten; and that which
the canker-worm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.
5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep, and wail, all ye drinkers of
wine, because of the sweet wine, for it is cut off from your mouth.
6 For a people is come up upon my land, mighty, and without
number; his teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the jaw-teeth of a
7 He hath laid my vine waste, and blasted my fig-tree; he
hath made it clean bare, and cast it down, the branches thereof are made white.
8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband
of her youth.
9 The meal-offering and the drink-offering is cut off from
the house of HaShem; the priests mourn, even HaShem'S ministers.
10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is
wasted, the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.
11 Be ashamed, O ye husbandmen, wail, O ye vinedressers, for
the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.
12 The vine is withered, and the fig-tree languisheth; the
pomegranate-tree, the palm-tree also, and the apple-tree, even all the trees of
the field, are withered; for joy is withered away from the sons of men.
13 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests, wail, ye
ministers of the altar; come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my
G-d; for the meal-offering and the drink-offering is withholden from the house
of your G-d.
14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the
elders and all the inhabitants of the land unto the house of HaShem your G-d,
and cry unto HaShem.
15 Alas for the day! for the day of HaShem is at hand, and as
a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
16 Is not the food cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and
gladness from the house of our G-d?
17 The grains shrivel under their hoes; the garners are laid
desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.
18 How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are
perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made
19 Unto Thee, O HaShem, do I cry; for the fire hath devoured
the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath set ablaze all the trees of
20 Yea, the beasts of the field pant unto Thee; for the water
brooks are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.