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Joel 1

1The word of the Lord that came to [a]Joel, the son of Pethuel.

The Devastation of Locusts


Hear this, O elders,
Listen closely, all inhabitants of the land!
Has such a thing as this occurred in your days,
Or even in the days of your fathers?

Tell your children about it,
And let your children tell their children,
And their children the next generation.


What the gnawing locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten;
And what the swarming locust has left, the creeping locust has eaten;
And what the creeping locust has left, the stripping locust has eaten [in judgment of Judah].

Awake [from your intoxication], you drunkards, and weep;
Wail, all you drinkers of wine,
Because of the [fresh] sweet wine
That is cut off from your mouth.

For a [pagan and hostile] nation has invaded My land [like locusts],
Mighty and without number;
Its teeth are the teeth of a lion,
And it has the fangs of a lioness.

It has made My vine (My people) a waste and object of horror,
And splintered and broken My fig tree.
It has stripped them completely bare and thrown them away;
Their branches have become white.


Wail like a virgin [bride] clothed with [b]sackcloth
For the bridegroom of her youth [who has died].

The [daily] grain offering and the drink offering are cut off
From the house of the Lord;
The priests mourn
Who minister to the Lord.
10 
The field is ruined,
The ground mourns;
For the grain is ruined,
The new wine is dried up,
The fresh oil fails.
11 
Be ashamed, O farmers;
Wail, O vinedressers,
For the wheat and for the barley,
Because the harvest of the field has perished.
12 
The vine dries up
And the fig tree fails;
The pomegranate, the palm also, and the apple tree,
All the trees of the field dry up,
Indeed, joy dries up and withdraws
From the sons of men.

13 
Clothe yourselves with sackcloth
And lament (cry out in grief), O priests;
Wail, O ministers of the altar!
Come, spend the night in sackcloth [and pray without ceasing],
O ministers of my God,
For the grain offering and the drink offering
Are withheld from the house of your God.

Starvation and Drought

14 
Consecrate a fast,
Proclaim a solemn assembly,
Gather the elders
And all the inhabitants of the land
To the house of the Lord your God,
And cry out to the Lord [in penitent pleadings].
15 
Alas for the day!
For the [judgment] day of the Lord is at hand,
And it will come [upon the nation] as a destruction from the [c]Almighty.
16 
Has not the food been cut off before our eyes,
Joy and gladness from the house of our God?
17 
The seeds [of grain] shrivel under the clods,
The storehouses are desolate and empty,
The barns are in ruins
Because the grain is dried up.
18 
How the animals groan!
The herds of cattle are bewildered and wander aimlessly
Because they have no pasture;
Even the flocks of sheep suffer.
19 
O Lord, I cry out to You,
For fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness,
And the flame has burned up all the trees of the field.
20 
Even the wild animals pant [in longing] for You;
For the water brooks are dried up
And fire has consumed the pastures of the wilderness.

Notas al pie

  1. Joel 1:1 Joel was a prophet of Judah, the Southern Kingdom, and possibly a contemporary of Elisha. After the united kingdom divided, the Kingdom of Judah consisted primarily of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. Judah continued to be ruled by the kings of the Davidic line. Jerusalem was the capital city of Judah. The name “Joel” means “The Lord is God.”
  2. Joel 1:8 A coarse cloth made from goat’s hair. It was worn as a sign of mourning or as an act of penitence.
  3. Joel 1:15 Heb Shaddai.

New International Reader's Version

Joel 1

1A message from the Lord came to Joel, the son of Pethuel. Here is what Joel said.

Locusts Attack the Land

Elders, listen to me.
    Pay attention, all you who live in the land.
Has anything like this ever happened in your whole life?
    Did it ever happen to your people
    who lived long ago?
Tell your children about it.
    Let them tell their children.
And let their children tell it
    to those who live after them.
The giant locusts have eaten
    what the common locusts have left.
The young locusts have eaten
    what the giant locusts have left.
And other locusts have eaten
    what the young locusts have left.

Get up and weep, you people who drink too much!
    Cry, all you who drink wine!
Cry because the fresh wine
    has been taken away from you.
The locusts are like a mighty army
    that has marched into our land.
There are so many of them
    they can’t even be counted.
Their teeth are as sharp as a lion’s teeth.
    They are like the fangs of a female lion.
The locusts have completely destroyed our vines.
    They have wiped out our fig trees.
They’ve stripped off the bark and thrown it away.
    They’ve left the branches bare.

My people, mourn like a virgin
    who is dressed in the clothes of sadness.
She is sad because she has lost
    the young man she was going to marry.
No one brings grain offerings and drink offerings
    to the Lord’s house anymore.
So the priests who serve the Lord
    are filled with sorrow.
10 Our fields are wiped out.
    The ground is dried up.
The grain is destroyed.
    The fresh wine is gone.
    And there isn’t any more olive oil.
11 Farmers, be sad.
    Cry, you who grow vines.
Mourn because the wheat and barley are gone.
    The crops in the fields are destroyed.
12 The vines and fig trees are dried up.
    The pomegranate, palm and apple trees
    don’t have any fruit on them.
In fact, all the trees in the fields are dried up.
    And my people’s joy has faded away.

A Call to Mourn

13 Priests, put on the clothing of sadness and mourn.
    Cry, you who serve at the altar.
Come, you who serve my God in the temple.
    Spend the night dressed in the clothes of sadness.
Weep because no one brings grain offerings and drink offerings
    to the house of your God anymore.
14 Announce a holy fast.
    Tell the people not to eat anything.
    Gather them together for a special service.
Send for the elders
    and all who live in the land.
Have them come to the house of the Lord your God.
    And pray to him.

15 The day of the Lord is near.
    How sad it will be on that day!
    The Mighty One is coming to destroy you.

16 Our food has been taken away
    right in front of our eyes.
There isn’t any joy or gladness
    in the house of our God.
17 The seeds have dried up in the ground.
    The grain is also gone.
The storerooms have been destroyed.
    The barns are broken down.
18 Listen to the cattle groan!
    The herds wander around.
They don’t have any grass to eat.
    The flocks of sheep are also suffering.

19 Lord, I call out to you.
    Fire has burned up the desert grasslands.
    Flames have destroyed all the trees in the fields.
20 Even the wild animals cry out to you for help.
    The streams of water have dried up.
    Fire has burned up the desert grasslands.