Joel

Joel 1 ©

1Joel declareth the destruction of the fruits of the earth by noxious insects, 8and by a long drought. 14He recommendeth a solemn fasting with prayer to deprecate these judgments.

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THE aword of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.

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bHear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath cthis been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?

b Ps. 49.1; 78.1. Is. 34.1. Je. 22.29. Ps. 28.5; 64.9. v.14.
c v.4-7. ch. 2.2-11.
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dTell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

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1That which the *palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the *cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.

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eAwake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off ffrom your mouth.

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gFor a nation is come up upon hmy land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are ithe teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.

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jHe hath laid my vine waste, and 2*barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.

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kLament like a virgin *girded with sackcloth for the lhusband of her youth.

k Is. 22.12. v.13-15. ch. 2.12-17. Is. 32.9-12.
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mThe meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; nthe priests, the LORD's ministers, mourn.

m Zep. 3.18. v.13,16. ch. 2.14.
n Le. 10.6; 21.1-3. v.13. ch. 2.17.
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The ofield is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is 3dried up, the oil languisheth.

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Be ye pashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.

p Is. 9.3. Je. 14.1-4. Am. 4.6-9; 7.1,4. De. 28.22-24. Le. 26.19,20. Is. 17.11; 32.10-12.
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The vine is dried up, and the qfig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because rjoy is withered away from the sons of men.

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s*Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye tministers of the altar: come, lie uall night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: vfor the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.

s v.8,9. Je. 4.8. Mat. 9.15.
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wSanctify ye a fast, call a 4solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,

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xAlas for the day! yfor the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

y Je. 46.10. Eze. 30.3. ch. 2.1.
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Is znot the *meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God?

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The 5seed is rotten under their clods, the a*garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.

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How do bthe beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep care made desolate.

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O LORD, to thee dwill I cry: for ethe fire hath devoured the 6pastures of the fwilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.

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The beasts of the field gcry also unto thee: for hthe rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.