1:2 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
1:3 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell
their children, and their children another generation.
1:4 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
1:5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of
wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your
1:6 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.
1:7 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 made white.
1:8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband
of her youth.
1:9 The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the
house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD'S ministers, mourn.
1:10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is
wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.
1:11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers,
for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the
field is perished.
1:12 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.
1:13 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.
1:14 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,
1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and
as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
1:16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and
gladness from the house of our God?
1:17 The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid
desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.
1:18 How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed,
because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made
1:19 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.
1:20 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.
2:1 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;
2:2 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
2:3 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
2:4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and
as horsemen, so shall they run.
2:5 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.
2:6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces
shall gather blackness.
2:7 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:
2:8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one
in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall
not be wounded.
2:9 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.
2:10 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:
2:11 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?
2:12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me
with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and
2:13 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.
2:14 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?
2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn
2:16 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.
2:17 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?
2:18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his
2:19 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:
2:20 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.
2:21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do
2:22 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.
2:23 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.
2:24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall
overflow with wine and oil.
2:25 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.
2:26 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.
2:27 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 be ashamed.
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