Chapter One

  1. THE WORD of the ⟨Lord⟩ that came to Jo‍‍-‍el the son of Pe-‍thu‍‍-‍el.
  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 your fathers?
  3. Tell ye your chil­dren of it, and let your chil­dren tell their chil­dren, and their chil­dren an­oth­er generation.
  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 eaten.
  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 mouth.
  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.
  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.
  8. Lament like a ‍vir­gin girded with sack­cloth for the (late) hus­band of her youth.
  9. The meat of­fer­ing and the drink of­fer­ing is cut off from the house of the ⟨Lord⟩; the priests, the ⟨Lord’s⟩ min­is­ters mourn.
  10. The field is wast­ed, the land mourn­eth; for the corn is wast­ed: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.
  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.
  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.
  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⟩.
  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⟩.
  15. Alas for the day! for the day of the ⟨Lord⟩ is at hand and as a de­struc­tion, from the Al­migh­ty shall it come.
  16. Is not the meat cut off be­fore our eyes, yea, joy and glad­ness from the house of our ⟨God⟩?
  17. The seed is rot­ten un­der their clods, the gar­ners are laid des­o­late, the barns are bro­ken down; for the corn is withered.
  18. How do the beasts groan! the herds of cat­tle are per­plexed, be­cause they have no pas­ture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.
  19. ⟨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.
  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.
Chapter Two
  1. BLOW YE the trum­pet in Zion, 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. 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 generations.
  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 es­cape them.
  4. The ap­pear­ance of them is as the ap­pear­ance of hors­es; and as horse­men, so shall they run.
  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.
  6. Before their face the peo­ple shall be much pained: all faces shall gath­er blackness.
  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:
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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?
  12. Therefore al­so now, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fast­ing, and with weep­ing, and with mourning:
  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.
  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⟩?
  15. Blow the trump­et in Zion, sanc­ti­fy a fast, call a sol­emn assembly:
  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.
  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⟩[]

  1. Then will the ⟨Lord⟩ be jeal­ous for his land, and pity his people.
  2. 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:
  3. 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.
  4. Fear not, O land; be glad and re­joice: for the ⟨Lord⟩ will do great things.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall over­flow with wine and oil.
  8. And I will re­store to you the years that the lo­cust hath eat­en, the can­ker­worm, and the cat­er­pil­ler,‍(sic) and the pal­mer­worm, my great ar­my which I sent among you.
  9. 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.
  10. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Is­ra­el, and thatam the ⟨Lord⟩ your ⟨God⟩, and none else: and my peo­ple shall nev­er be ashamed.
  11. 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:
  12. And al­so up­on the serv­ants and up­on the hand­maids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
  13. And I will shew won­ders in the(first & sec­ond)heav­ens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pil­lars of smoke.
  14. The sun shall be turned in­to dark­ness, and the moon in­to blood, be­fore the great and the ter­ri­ble day of the ⟨Lord⟩ come.
  15. 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.
Chapter Three
  1. FOR BEHOLD, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the cap­tiv­ity of Ju­dah and Jerusalem.
  2. I will al­so gath­er all na­tions, and will bring them down in­to the val­ley of Je-‍hosh‍‍-‍a-‍phat, 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.
  3. 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 drink.
  4. Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zi‍‍-‍don, and all the coasts of Pal­es­tine? will ye rend­er me a rec­om­pence?‍(sic, ‍noun)‌‌and if ye rec­om­pense‍(verb)me, swift­ly and speed­i­ly will I re­turn your rec­om­pence up­on your own head;
  5. Because ye have tak­en my sil­ver and my gold, and have car­ried in­to your tem­ples and my good­ly pleas­ant things:
  6. The chil­dren al­so of Ju­dah and the chil­dren of Je­ru­sa­lem have ye sold un­to the Gre‍‍-‍cians, that ye might re­move them far from their (own)‍ ‍border.
  7. Behold, I will raise them out of the place whith­er ye have sold them, and will re­turn your rec­om­pence up­on your own head:
  8. And I will sell your sons and your daugh­ters in­to the hand of the chil­dren of Ju­dah, and they shall sell them to the Sa-‍be‍‍-‍ans, to a peo­ple far off: for the ⟨Lord⟩ hath spo­ken it.
  9. Proclaim ye this among the Gen­tiles: Pre­pare war, wake up the migh­ty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:
  10. Beat your plow­shares in­to swords, and your prun­ing­hooks in­to spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
  11. Assemble your­selves, and come, all ye heath­en, and gath­er your­selves to­geth­er round about: thith­er cause thy migh­ty ones to come down, O ⟨Lord⟩.
  12. Let the heath­en be wak­ened, and come up to the val­ley of Je-‍hosh‍‍-‍a-‍phat: for there will I sit to judge all the heath­en round about.
  13. 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.
  14. Multitudes, mul­ti­tudes in the val­ley of de­ci­sion: for the day of the ⟨Lord⟩ is near in the val­ley of decision.
  15. The sun and the moon shall be dark­ened, and the stars shall with­draw their shining.
  16. The ⟨Lord⟩ al­so shall roar out of Zion, and ut­ter his voice from Je­ru­sa­lem; and the (first & sec­ond) heav­ens and the earth shall shake: but the ⟨Lord⟩ will be the hope of his peo­ple, and the strength of the chil­dren of Israel.
  17. 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.
  18. 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 of the house of the ⟨Lord⟩, and shall wa­ter the val­ley of Shit‍‍-‍tim.
  19. Egypt shall be a des­o­la­tion, and E‍‍-‍dom shall be a des­o­late wil­der­ness, for the vio­lence against the chil­dren of Ju­dah, be­cause they have shed in­no­cent blood in their land.
  20. But Ju­dah shall dwell for ever, and Je­ru­sa­lem from gen­er­a­tion to generation.
  21. For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the ⟨Lord⟩ dwell­eth in Zion.
"precept upon precept; line upon line" . . . - For knowledge shall cease and wisdom fail, but understanding remaineth (if gained from the former).