Joel 1:1-7 New International Version

The Devastation of the Land by Locusts

1 1  The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel. 2  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? 3  Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation. 4  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[1] have eaten. 5  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. 6  A nation has invaded my land, a mighty army without number; it has the teeth of a lion, the fangs of a lioness. 7  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.


Footnotes

[1] 1:4 The precise meaning of the four Hebrew words used here for locusts is uncertain.

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