29:001:001 The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.
Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the
land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your
Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their
children, and their children another generation.
That 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
Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of
wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your
For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without
number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the
cheek teeth of a great lion.
He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath
made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are
Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of
The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the
house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD's ministers, mourn.
The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is
wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.
Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for
the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field
The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the
pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even
all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is
withered away from the sons of men.
Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of
the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of
my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is
withholden from the house of your God.
Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders
and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD
your God, and cry unto the LORD,
Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a
destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness
from the house of our God?
The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid
desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.
How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed,
because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are
O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the
pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the
trees of the field.
The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of
waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures
of the wilderness.
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy
mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the
day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of
thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a
great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like,
neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many
A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth:
the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them
a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as
horsemen, so shall they run.
Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they
leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the
stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces
shall gather blackness.
They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like
men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and
they shall not break their ranks:
Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in
his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be
They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the
wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in
at the windows like a thief.
The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble:
the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall
withdraw their shining:
And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his
camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word:
for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who
can abide it?
Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with
all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with
And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the
LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger,
and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing
behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the
LORD your God?
Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn
Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the
elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts:
let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out
of her closet.
Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the
porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O
LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the
heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among
the people, Where is their God?
Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his
Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I
will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be
satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach
among the heathen:
But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will
drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face
toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost
sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall
come up, because he hath done great things.
Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do
Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the
wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig
tree and the vine do yield their strength.
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD
your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately,
and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former
rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall
overflow with wine and oil.
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath
eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the
palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the
name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with
you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I
am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my
spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall
prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men
shall see visions:
And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those
days will I pour out my spirit.
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth,
blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into
blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the
name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in
Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in
the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall
bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into
the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for
my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered
among the nations, and parted my land.
And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy
for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might
Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and
all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence?
and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return
your recompence upon your own head;
Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried
into your temples my goodly pleasant things:
The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have
ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from
Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have
sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head:
And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of
the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the
Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD hath spoken it.
Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the
mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come
Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into
spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather
yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones
to come down, O LORD.
Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of
Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen
Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you
down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their
wickedness is great.
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day
of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall
withdraw their shining.
The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from
Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the
LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the
children of Israel.
So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion,
my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there
shall no strangers pass through her any more.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains
shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk,
and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a
fountain shall come forth out of the house of the LORD, and
shall water the valley of Shittim.
Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate
wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah,
because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation
For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for
the LORD dwelleth in Zion.
END OF BOOK 29