Joel 1:8-20View Full Chapter
8Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth grieving for the betrothed of her youth.
9Grain offerings and drink offerings are cut off from the house of the LORD . The priests are in mourning, those who minister before the LORD .
10The fields are ruined, the ground is dried up; the grain is destroyed, the new wine is dried up, the olive oil fails.
11Despair, you farmers, wail, you vine growers; grieve for the wheat and the barley, because the harvest of the field is destroyed.
12The vine is dried up and the fig tree is withered; the pomegranate, the palm and the apple
A Call to Lamentation 13Put 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.
14Declare 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 .
15Alas for that day! For the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.
16Has not the food been cut off before our very eyes— joy and gladness from the house of our God?
17The seeds are shriveled beneath the clods.
18How the cattle moan! The herds mill about because they have no pasture; even the flocks of sheep are suffering.
19To you, LORD, I call, for fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness and flames have burned up all the trees of the field. 20Even the wild animals pant for you; the streams of water have dried up and fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness.