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Jehovah’s Witnesses


Online Bible


Joel 1:1-20

1  The word of Jehovah that occurred+ to Joel the son of Pe·thu′el:  “Hear this, YOU older men,* and give ear, all YOU inhabitants of the land.*+ Has this occurred in YOUR days, or even in the days of YOUR forefathers?+  Concerning it give an account to YOUR own sons, and YOUR sons to their sons, and their sons to the following generation.+  What was left by the caterpillar, the locust has eaten;+ and what was left by the locust, the creeping, unwinged locust* has eaten; and what the creeping, unwinged locust has left, the cockroach has eaten.+  “Wake up, YOU drunkards,+ and weep; and howl,+ all YOU wine drinkers, on account of sweet wine,+ for it has been cut off from YOUR mouths.+  For there is a nation that has come up into my land, mighty and without number.+ Its teeth are the teeth of a lion,*+ and it has the jawbones of a lion.*  It has set my vine as an object of astonishment,+ and my fig tree as a stump.+ It has positively stripped it bare and thrown [it] away.+ The twigs of it have become white.  Wail,* as a virgin girded with sackcloth+ does over the owner* of her youth.  “Grain offering+ and drink offering+ have been cut off from the house of Jehovah; the priests, the ministers+ of Jehovah, have mourned.+ 10  [The] field has been despoiled,+ [the] ground has gone to mourning;+ for [the] grain has been despoiled, [the] new wine has been dried up,+ [the] oil has faded away.+ 11  Farmers have felt shame;+ vinedressers have howled,* on account of wheat and on account of barley; for the harvest of [the] field has perished.+ 12  The vine itself has shown dryness, and even the fig tree has faded away. As for [the] pomegranate tree, also [the] palm tree and [the] apple tree, all the trees of the field, they have dried up;+ for exultation has gone ashamed away from the sons of mankind.*+ 13  “Gird yourselves, and beat YOUR breasts,+ YOU priests. Howl, YOU ministers of [the] altar.+ Come in, spend the night in sackcloth, YOU ministers of my God;* for from the house of YOUR God grain offering+ and drink offering have been withheld.+ 14  Sanctify a time of fasting.+ Call together a solemn assembly.+ Gather together [the] older men, all the inhabitants of the land,* to the house of Jehovah YOUR God,+ and cry to Jehovah for aid.+ 15  “Alas for the day;+ because the day of Jehovah is near,+ and like a despoiling from the Almighty One* it will come! 16  Has not food itself been cut off before our very eyes; from the house of our God, rejoicing and joyfulness?+ 17  Dried figs* have shriveled under their shovels. Storehouses have been laid desolate. Barns* have been torn down, for [the] grain has dried up. 18  O how the domestic animal has sighed! [How] the droves of cattle have wandered in confusion! For there is no pasturage for them.+ Also, the droves of the sheep have been the ones made to bear guilt. 19  “To you, O Jehovah, I shall call;+ for fire itself has devoured the pasture grounds of [the] wilderness, and a very flame has consumed all the trees of the field.+ 20  The beasts of the field also keep longing for you,+ because the channels of water have dried up,+ and fire itself has devoured the pasture grounds of the wilderness.”


Or, “you elders.” Heb., haz·zeqe·nim′; Gr., pre·sby′te·roi. See Ac 15:2 ftn.
Or, “the earth.” Heb., ha·ʼa′rets.
“The creeping, unwinged locust.” Heb., hai·ya′leq. See Ps 105:34 ftn.
“Lion.” Heb., ʼar·yeh′, the African lion.
“Lion.” Heb., la·viʼ′, the Asian lion.
“Wail,” imperative, fem. sing.
“Owner.” Heb., ba′ʽal; Gr., an′dra; Lat., vi′rum, “husband.”
Or, “Feel shame, you farmers; howl, you vinedressers.”
Or, “earthling man.” Heb., ʼa·dham′.
“My God.” Heb., ʼElo·hai′.
Or, “the earth.” Heb., ha·ʼa′rets.
“From the Almighty One.” Heb., mi·Shad·dai′. Compare Ge 17:1 ftn.
“Dried figs.” Or, “Grain seeds.”
Possibly, “Tanks.”