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.

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Yoweeri 1

1Buno bwe bubaka bwa Mukama obwajjira Yoweeri mutabani wa Pesweri.

Muwulirize mmwe abakadde ba Isirayiri,
    buli ali mu nsi naye awulirize.
Kino kyali kibaddewo mu biseera byammwe,
    oba mu biseera bya bakitammwe?
Mukibuulire abaana bammwe,
    nabo balikibuulira abaana baabwe,
    nabo balikibuulira ab’emirembe egiriddawo.
Ebibinja 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!

Muzuukuke, mmwe abatamiivu, mwekaabire amaziga;
    mukube ebiwoobe mmwe mwenna abanywi b’omwenge,
mukube ebiwoobe kubanga akamwa kammwe
    katuuse okwerabira omwenge omusu.
Eggwanga lirumbye ensi yange,
    ery’amaanyi ennyo era ery’abantu abatabalika.
Amannyo gaalyo gali ng’ag’empologoma,
    n’amasongezo gaalyo ng’ag’empologoma enkazi.
Eggwanga eryo lizikirizza emizabbibu gyange,
    ne limalawo emitiini gyange.
Lisusumbudde ebikuta byagyo,
    byonna biri ku ttaka,
    amatabi gaagyo gasigadde gatukuuliridde.

Mukungubage nga nnamwandu omuto afiiriddwa bba,
    ng’ayambadde ebibukutu olw’ennaku.
Ebiweebwayo eby’emmere ey’empeke n’ebiweebwayo eby’okunywa
    tewakyali kirabikako mu nnyumba ya Mukama.
Bakabona abaweerereza mu maaso ga Katonda
    bakungubaga.
10 Ennimiro ziweddemu ebirime;
    ettaka likaze,
Emmere ey’empeke eweddewo,
    omwenge omusu n’amafuta g’emizeeyituuni ne bibulira ddala.

11 Mmwe abalimi mukwatibwe entiisa,
    mmwe abalima emizabbibu mukaabe.
Mukaabire eŋŋaano ne sayiri,
    kubanga ebyandikunguddwa byonna biweddewo.
12 Omuzabbibu gukaze
    n’omutiini guyongobedde.
Omukomamawanga, n’olukindu ne apo
    n’emiti gyonna egy’omu nnimiro giwotose.
Abantu tebakyalina ssanyu.

Abantu bayitibwa Okwenenya

13 Mmwe 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.
14 Mulangirire 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.

15 Zitusanze olw’olunaku luli!
    Kubanga olunaku lwa Mukama olw’entiisa lusembedde.
Lulijja, ng’okuzikiriza
    okuva eri Ayinzabyonna.

16 Emmere tetuweddeeko
    nga tulaba?
Essanyu n’okujaguza
    mu nnyumba ya Katonda waffe tebikomye?
17 Ensigo ziwotokedde
    mu ttaka,
amawanika makalu
    n’ebyagi by’emmere bikaze,
    kubanga emmere ey’empeke eweddewo.
18 Ensolo nga zisinda!
    Amagana gabuliddwa amagezi;
kubanga tewali muddo,
    n’endiga nazo zidooba.

19 Ayi Mukama, Ggwe gwe nkaabirira,
    kubanga omuddo gwonna gumaliddwawo empiira,
n’emiti gyonna egy’omu nnimiro
    nagyo giyidde.
20 Ensolo ez’omu nsiko nazo zikukaabira okuziyamba,
    emigga gikalidde,
    ne gye ziriira, omuddo gwonna guyidde.