New Living Translation

Joel 1

1The Lord gave this message to Joel son of Pethuel.

Mourning over the Locust Plague

Hear this, you leaders of the people.
    Listen, all who live in the land.
In all your history,
    has anything like this happened before?
Tell your children about it in the years to come,
    and let your children tell their children.
    Pass the story down from generation to generation.
After the cutting locusts finished eating the crops,
    the swarming locusts took what was left!
After them came the hopping locusts,
    and then the stripping locusts,[a] too!

Wake up, you drunkards, and weep!
    Wail, all you wine-drinkers!
All the grapes are ruined,
    and all your sweet wine is gone.
A vast army of locusts[b] has invaded my land,
    a terrible army too numerous to count.
Its teeth are like lions’ teeth,
    its fangs like those of a lioness.
It has destroyed my grapevines
    and ruined my fig trees,
stripping their bark and destroying it,
    leaving the branches white and bare.

Weep like a bride dressed in black,
    mourning the death of her husband.
For there is no grain or wine
    to offer at the Temple of the Lord.
So the priests are in mourning.
    The ministers of the Lord are weeping.
10 The fields are ruined,
    the land is stripped bare.
The grain is destroyed,
    the grapes have shriveled,
    and the olive oil is gone.

11 Despair, all you farmers!
    Wail, all you vine growers!
Weep, because the wheat and barley—
    all the crops of the field—are ruined.
12 The grapevines have dried up,
    and the fig trees have withered.
The pomegranate trees, palm trees, and apple trees—
    all the fruit trees—have dried up.
    And the people’s joy has dried up with them.

13 Dress yourselves in burlap and weep, you priests!
    Wail, you who serve before the altar!
Come, spend the night in burlap,
    you ministers of my God.
For there is no grain or wine
    to offer at the Temple of your God.
14 Announce a time of fasting;
    call the people together for a solemn meeting.
Bring the leaders
    and all the people of the land
into the Temple of the Lord your God,
    and cry out to him there.
15 The day of the Lord is near,
    the day when destruction comes from the Almighty.
    How terrible that day will be!

16 Our food disappears before our very eyes.
    No joyful celebrations are held in the house of our God.
17 The seeds die in the parched ground,
    and the grain crops fail.
The barns stand empty,
    and granaries are abandoned.
18 How the animals moan with hunger!
    The herds of cattle wander about confused,
because they have no pasture.
    The flocks of sheep and goats bleat in misery.

19 Lord, help us!
The fire has consumed the wilderness pastures,
    and flames have burned up all the trees.
20 Even the wild animals cry out to you
    because the streams have dried up,
    and fire has consumed the wilderness pastures.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:4 The precise identification of the four kinds of locusts mentioned here is uncertain.
  2. 1:6 Hebrew A nation.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

约珥书 1

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

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?
要把这事告诉你们的子子孙孙,
传到世世代代!

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[a]

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。
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。
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。

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。
耶和华殿中的素祭[b]和奠祭[c]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。

Notas al pie

  1. 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。
  2. 1:9 素祭就是献上五谷、面粉之类的供物,参见利未记2章。
  3. 1:9 奠祭就是献上新酿的酒。