New International Reader's Version

Joel 1:1-20

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

Locusts Attack the Land

2Elders, 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?

3Tell your children about it.

Let them tell their children.

And let their children tell it

to those who live after them.

4The 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.

5Get 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.

6The 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.

7The 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.

8My 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.

9No one brings grain offerings and drink offerings

to the Lord’s house anymore.

So the priests who serve the Lord

are filled with sorrow.

10Our 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.

11Farmers, be sad.

Cry, you who grow vines.

Mourn because the wheat and barley are gone.

The crops in the fields are destroyed.

12The 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

13Priests, 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.

14Announce 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.

15The day of the Lord is near.

How sad it will be on that day!

The Mighty One is coming to destroy you.

16Our food has been taken away

right in front of our eyes.

There isn’t any joy or gladness

in the house of our God.

17The seeds have dried up in the ground.

The grain is also gone.

The storerooms have been destroyed.

The barns are broken down.

18Listen to the cattle groan!

The herds wander around.

They don’t have any grass to eat.

The flocks of sheep are also suffering.

19Lord, I call out to you.

Fire has burned up the desert grasslands.

Flames have destroyed all the trees in the fields.

20Even the wild animals cry out to you for help.

The streams of water have dried up.

Fire has burned up the desert grasslands.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

约珥书 1:1-20

1以下是耶和华对毗土珥的儿子约珥所说的话。

严重的蝗灾

2长老们啊,请听我说!

地上的所有居民啊,要留心听!

在你们或你们祖先的时代可曾发生过这样的事?

3要把这事告诉你们的子子孙孙,

传到世世代代!

4蝗虫吃剩的,蝻子来吃;

蝻子吃剩的,蚱蜢来吃;

蚱蜢吃剩的,蚂蚱来吃1:4 蝗虫蝻子蚱蜢蚂蚱”四个词希伯来语的确切意思很难考证。

5醉汉啊,醒过来哭泣吧!

贪杯的人啊,哀号吧!

你们再无美酒可饮了。

6有一群凶猛的蝗虫侵犯我的国土,

它们不计其数,

有雄狮的獠牙和母狮的利齿。

7它们毁坏我的葡萄树和无花果树,

剥光树皮,

只留下光秃的树枝。

8我的子民啊,你们要像死了未婚夫的少女,

穿上丧服痛哭哀号。

9耶和华殿中的素祭1:9 素祭就是献上五谷、面粉之类的供物,参见利未记2章。和奠祭1:9 奠祭就是献上新酿的酒。都停止了,

事奉耶和华的祭司都哀伤。

10田园荒废,遍地凄凉,

五谷尽毁,

再也没有新酒和油了。

11农夫啊,你们要忧伤!

照料葡萄园的人啊,

你们要哀号!

因为田间的大麦和小麦全毁了。

12葡萄树枯死,

无花果树凋残,

石榴树、棕树、苹果树等田野的一切树木枯干。

人间的欢乐消逝了。

13祭司啊,穿着丧服痛哭吧;

在祭坛前事奉的人啊,要哀号;

我上帝的仆人啊,要披上麻衣过夜;

因为再无素祭和奠祭献到你们上帝的殿中了。

14你们要定一个禁食的日子,

举行庄严的聚会,

召集全国的长老和人民,

到你们的上帝耶和华的殿中,

向耶和华呼求。

15太可怕了!耶和华的日子近了,

那是全能者施行毁灭的日子。

16我们的粮食断绝了,

我们上帝殿中的欢乐消失了。

17种子在土里腐烂,

五谷干死,仓库荒废,

谷仓被拆毁。

18牲畜哀鸣,

牛群因找不到草场而四处乱窜,

羊群也受苦。

19耶和华啊,我向你呼求,

因为火焰吞灭了旷野的草场,

烈火烧光了田野的树木。

20田野的走兽向你呼求,

因为溪水已经枯干,

火也烧尽了旷野的草场。