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.

Luganda Contemporary Bible

Yoweeri 1:1-20

11:1 a Yer 1:2 b Bik 2:16Buno bwe bubaka bwa Mukama obwajjira Yoweeri mutabani wa Pesweri.

21:2 a Kos 5:1 b Kos 4:1 c Yo 2:2Muwulirize mmwe abakadde ba Isirayiri,

buli ali mu nsi naye awulirize.

Kino kyali kibaddewo mu biseera byammwe,

oba mu biseera bya bakitammwe?

31:3 Kuv 10:2; Zab 78:4Mukibuulire abaana bammwe,

nabo balikibuulira abaana baabwe,

nabo balikibuulira ab’emirembe egiriddawo.

41:4 Ma 28:39; Nak 3:15Ebibinja by’enzige ebisooka bye zitalidde,

enzige eziddirira zibirumbye,

ate ezo bye zireseewo,

enzige ento bye ziridde,

ate zino bye zireseewo,

enzige endala ne zibizikiririza ddala byonna!

51:5 Yo 3:3Muzuukuke, mmwe abatamiivu, mwekaabire amaziga;

mukube ebiwoobe mmwe mwenna abanywi b’omwenge,

mukube ebiwoobe kubanga akamwa kammwe

katuuse okwerabira omwenge omusu.

61:6 a Yo 2:2, 11, 25 b Kub 9:8Eggwanga lirumbye ensi yange,

ery’amaanyi ennyo era ery’abantu abatabalika.

Amannyo gaalyo gali ng’ag’empologoma,

n’amasongezo gaalyo ng’ag’empologoma enkazi.

71:7 a Is 5:6 b Am 4:9Eggwanga eryo lizikirizza emizabbibu gyange,

ne limalawo emitiini gyange.

Lisusumbudde ebikuta byagyo,

byonna biri ku ttaka,

amatabi gaagyo gasigadde gatukuuliridde.

81:8 nny 13; Is 22:12; Am 8:10Mukungubage nga nnamwandu omuto afiiriddwa bba,

ng’ayambadde ebibukutu olw’ennaku.

91:9 Kos 9:4; Yo 2:14, 17Ebiweebwayo eby’emmere ey’empeke n’ebiweebwayo eby’okunywa

tewakyali kirabikako mu nnyumba ya Mukama.

Bakabona abaweerereza mu maaso ga Katonda

bakungubaga.

101:10 a Is 24:4 b Kos 9:2Ennimiro ziweddemu ebirime;

ettaka likaze,

Emmere ey’empeke eweddewo,

omwenge omusu n’amafuta g’emizeeyituuni ne bibulira ddala.

111:11 a Yer 14:3-4; Am 5:16 b Is 17:11Mmwe abalimi mukwatibwe entiisa,

mmwe abalima emizabbibu mukaabe.

Mukaabire eŋŋaano ne sayiri,

kubanga ebyandikunguddwa byonna biweddewo.

121:12 Kag 2:19Omuzabbibu gukaze

n’omutiini guyongobedde.

Omukomamawanga, n’olukindu ne apo

n’emiti gyonna egy’omu nnimiro giwotose.

Abantu tebakyalina ssanyu.

Abantu bayitibwa Okwenenya

131:13 a Yer 4:8 b Yo 2:17 c nny 9Mmwe bakabona, mwesibe mwambale ebibukutu mukungubage.

Mmwe abaweereza ba Katonda wange ab’oku kyoto,

mweyale wansi awali ekyoto,

musule awo ekiro kyonna nga mukuba ebiwoobe,

kubanga mu nnyumba ya Katonda wammwe temukyali kiweebwayo kyonna,

eky’emmere ey’empeke oba eky’envinnyo.

141:14 a 2By 20:3 b Yon 3:8Mulangirire okusiiba okutukuvu

n’okukuŋŋaana mu maaso ga Katonda.

Muyite abakulu abakulembeze

n’abantu bonna ababeera mu nsi,

bajje mu nnyumba ya Mukama Katonda waabwe

bamukaabirire.

151:15 a Yer 30:7 b Is 13:6, 9; Yo 2:1, 11, 31Zitusanze olw’olunaku luli!

Kubanga olunaku lwa Mukama olw’entiisa lusembedde.

Lulijja, ng’okuzikiriza

okuva eri Ayinzabyonna.

161:16 a Is 3:7 b Ma 12:7Emmere tetuweddeeko

nga tulaba?

Essanyu n’okujaguza

mu nnyumba ya Katonda waffe tebikomye?

171:17 Is 17:10-11Ensigo ziwotokedde

mu ttaka,

amawanika makalu

n’ebyagi by’emmere bikaze,

kubanga emmere ey’empeke eweddewo.

18Ensolo nga zisinda!

Amagana gabuliddwa amagezi;

kubanga tewali muddo,

n’endiga nazo zidooba.

191:19 a Zab 50:15 b Am 7:4 c Yer 9:10Ayi Mukama, Ggwe gwe nkaabirira,

kubanga omuddo gwonna gumaliddwawo empiira,

n’emiti gyonna egy’omu nnimiro

nagyo giyidde.

201:20 a Zab 104:21 b 1Bk 17:7Ensolo ez’omu nsiko nazo zikukaabira okuziyamba,

emigga gikalidde,

ne gye ziriira, omuddo gwonna guyidde.