New International Version

Joel 1

1The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel.

An Invasion of Locusts

Hear this, you elders;
    listen, all who live in the land.
Has anything like this ever happened in your days
    or in the days of your ancestors?
Tell it to your children,
    and let your children tell it to their children,
    and their children to the next generation.
What the locust swarm has left
    the great locusts have eaten;
what the great locusts have left
    the young locusts have eaten;
what the young locusts have left
    other locusts[a] have eaten.

Wake up, you drunkards, and weep!
    Wail, all you drinkers of wine;
wail because of the new wine,
    for it has been snatched from your lips.
A nation has invaded my land,
    a mighty army without number;
it has the teeth of a lion,
    the fangs of a lioness.
It has laid waste my vines
    and ruined my fig trees.
It has stripped off their bark
    and thrown it away,
    leaving their branches white.

Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth
    grieving for the betrothed of her youth.
Grain offerings and drink offerings
    are cut off from the house of the Lord.
The priests are in mourning,
    those who minister before the Lord.
10 The fields are ruined,
    the ground is dried up;
the grain is destroyed,
    the new wine is dried up,
    the olive oil fails.

11 Despair, you farmers,
    wail, you vine growers;
grieve for the wheat and the barley,
    because the harvest of the field is destroyed.
12 The vine is dried up
    and the fig tree is withered;
the pomegranate, the palm and the apple[b] tree—
    all the trees of the field—are dried up.
Surely the people’s joy
    is withered away.

A Call to Lamentation

13 Put on sackcloth, you priests, and mourn;
    wail, you who minister before the altar.
Come, spend the night in sackcloth,
    you who minister before my God;
for the grain offerings and drink offerings
    are withheld from the house of your God.
14 Declare a holy fast;
    call a sacred assembly.
Summon the elders
    and all who live in the land
to the house of the Lord your God,
    and cry out to the Lord.

15 Alas for that day!
    For the day of the Lord is near;
    it will come like destruction from the Almighty.[c]

16 Has not the food been cut off
    before our very eyes—
joy and gladness
    from the house of our God?
17 The seeds are shriveled
    beneath the clods.[d]
The storehouses are in ruins,
    the granaries have been broken down,
    for the grain has dried up.
18 How the cattle moan!
    The herds mill about
because they have no pasture;
    even the flocks of sheep are suffering.

19 To you, Lord, I call,
    for fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness
    and flames have burned up all the trees of the field.
20 Even the wild animals pant for you;
    the streams of water have dried up
    and fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness.

  1. Joel 1:4 The precise meaning of the four Hebrew words used here for locusts is uncertain.
  2. Joel 1:12 Or possibly apricot
  3. Joel 1:15 Hebrew Shaddai
  4. Joel 1:17 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

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。

  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。