1 This is the worde of the LORDE, that came vnto Ioel the sonne of
2 Heare o ye elders: podre this wel, all ye that dwell in the lode: yf
euer there happened soch a thinge in youre dayes, or in ye dayes of youre
3 Tell youre children of it, & let them shewe it vnto their children,
& so they to certifie their posterite therof.
4 Loke what the caterpiller hath lefte, yt hath the greshopper eaten vp:
what the greshopper lefte, that hath the locuste eaten vp: & what the
locuste hath lefte, that hath the blastinge consumed.
5 Wake vp ye dronckardes, & wepe: mourne all ye wyne suppers, because
of youre swete wyne, for it shal be taken awaye from youre mouth.
6 Yee a mightie & an innumerable people shall come vp in to my londe:
these haue teth like the teth of
, & chaftbones like the lyonesses.
7 They shal make my vinyarde waist, they shal pyll of the barckes of my
fygetrees, strype them bare, cast them awaye, and make the braunches whyte.
8 Make yi mone as a virgin doth, yt gyrdeth her selfe with sacke, because
of hir bryde grome.
9 For the meate & drynkofferynge shalbe taken awaye from the house of
the LORDE: & the prestes ye LORDES ministers shal mourne.
10 The felde shalbe waisted, the londe shalbe in a miserable case: for the
corne shalbe destroyed, the swete wyne shal come to confucion, & the oyle
11 The husbodemen & the wyne gardeners shal loke piteously & make
lamentacion, for the wheate wyne & barley, & because the haruest vpon
the felde is so clene destroyed.
12 The grape gatherers shal make greate mone, when the vynyarde &
fygetrees be so vtterly waisted. Yee all the pomgarnettes, palmtrees, apletrees,
& the other trees of the felde shall wyther awaye. Thus the mery cheare of
the children of men, shal come to confucion.
13 Gyrde you, & make yor mone, o ye prestes: mourne ye ministres of
the aulter: go youre waye in, & slepe in sack cloth, o ye officers of my
God: for the meat & drynkofferynge shalbe taken awaye from the house of yor
14 Proclame a fastynge, call the cogregacion, gather the elders & all
the inhabiters of the londe together into the house of the LORDE yor God, &
crie vnto the LORDE:
15 alas, alas for this daye. And why? the daye of the LORDE is at honde,
and commeth as a destroyer from the Allmightie.
16 Shal not ye meates be taken awaye before oure eyes, the myrth also
& ioye from the house of oure God?
17 The sede shal perish in the grounde, the garners shall lye waist, the
floores shalbe broken downe, for the corne shalbe destroied.
18 O what a sighinge make the catell? the bullockes are very euel likynge,
because they haue no pasture: and the shepe are famesshed awaye.
19 O LORDE, to the will I crie: for the fyre hath consumed the goodly
pastures of the wyldernesse, and the flame hath brent vp all the trees of the
20 Yee the wylde beestes crie also vnto the: for the water ryuers are
dryed vp, and the fyre hath consumed the pastures of the wyldernesse.
1 Blowe out ye trompet in Sion, & crie vpo my holy hill, yt all soch
as dwel in the londe, maye treble at it: for ye daie of the LORDE commeth, &
is harde at honde:
2 a darcke daye, a gloomynge daye, a cloudy daye, yee & a stormy daye,
like as the mornynge spredeth out vpo the hilles: Namely, a great & mightie
people: soch as haue not bene sens ye begynnynge, nether shal be after them for
3 Before him shal be a consumynge fyre, & behynde him a burnynge
flame. The londe shal be as a garden of pleasure before him, but behinde him
shal it be a very waist wildernesse, & there is no man, that shal escape
4 They are to loke vpon like bayrded horses, & runne like horse men.
5 They skyppe vp vpon ye hilles, as it were the sounde of charettes: as
the flame of fyre that consumeth the strawe, and as a mightie people redy to the
6 The folke shalbe afrayed of him, all faces shal be as blacke as a pot.
7 These shal rune like giauntes, & leape ouer the walles like men of
warre. Euery ma in his goinge shal kepe his araie, & not go out of his Path.
8 There shal not one dryue another, but ech shal kepe his owne waye. They
shal breake in at the wyndowes, & not be hurte:
9 They shal come into the cite, & runne vpon the walles: They shal
clymme vp vpon the houses, & slyppe in at the wyndowes like a thefe.
10 The earth shal quake before him, yee the heauens shalbe moued: the
Sonne & Moone shal be darckened, and the starres shal withdrawe their shyne.
11 The LORDE shal shewe his voyce before his hoost, for his hoost is
greate, stronge & mightie to fulfill his commaundement. This is yt greate
and maruelous fearfull daye of the LORDE: And who is able to abyde it?
12 Now therfore saieth the LORDE: Turne you vnto me with all youre hertes,
with fastinge, wepynge and mournynge:
13 rente youre hertes, & not youre clothes. Turne you vnto the LORDE
youre God, for he is gracious & mercifull, longe sufferynge & of greate
compassion: & redy to pardone wickednes.
14 Then (no doute) he also shal turne, & forgeue: & after his
chastenynge, he shal let youre increase remayne, for meat & drynck
offerynges vnto the LORDE youre God?
15 Blowe out with the tropet in Sion, proclame a fastynge, call the congregacion,
16 & gather the people together: warne the congregacion, gather the
elders, bringe the children & suclynges together. Let ye brydegrome go forth
of his chabre, & the bryde out of her closet.
17 Let the prestes serue the LORDE betwixte the porch & ye aulter,
wepinge & sayenge: be fauourable (o LORDE) be fauourable vnto thy people:
let not thine heretage be brought to soch confucion, lest the Heithen be lordes
therof. Wherfore shulde they saye amonge the Heithen: where is now their God?
18 Then shal the LORDE be gelous ouer his londe, & spare his people:
19 yee ye LORDE shal answere, & saye vnto his people: Beholde, I wil
sende you corne, wyne & oyle, so that ye shal haue plenty of them: & I
wil nomore geue you ouer to be a reprofe amonge the Heithen.
20 Agayne, as for him of the north, I shal dryue him farre from you: &
shute him out in to a drye and waist londe, his face towarde the east see, and
his hynder partes towarde the vttemost see. The stynke of him shall go vp, and
his fylthy corrupcion shal fall vpon himself, because he hath dealte so proudly.
21 Feare not (o londe) but be glad and reioyse, for the LORDE wil do
22 Be not ye afrayed nether (o ye beastes of the felde) for the pastures
shal be grene, and the trees shal beare their frute: the fygetrees &
vinyardes shal geue their increase.
23 Be glad then (o ye children of Sion) and reioyse in the LORDE youre
God, for he hath geuen you the teacher of rightuousnes: & he it is yt shal
sende you downe shuwers of rayne, early and late in the first moneth:
24 so that ye garners shal be full of corne, and the presses plenteous in
wyne and oyle.
25 And as for the yeares that ye gresshopper, locuste, blasstinge &
caterpiller (my greate hoost, which I sent amonge you) haue eaten vp, I shal
restore them to you agayne:
26 so that ye shal haue ynough to eate, and be satisfied: and prayse the
name of the LORDE youre God, that so maruelously hath dealte with you. And my
people shall neuer be confounded eny more:
27 Ye shall well knowe, that I am in the myddest of
, and that I am youre God: yee and that there is none other, and my people shall
nomore be brought to confucion.
28 After this, will I poure out my sprete vpon all flesh: & yor sonnes
& yor doughters shal prophecy: yor olde me shal dreame dreames & youre
yonge men shal se visions:
29 Yee in those dayes I will poure out my sprete vpon seruauntes and maydens.
30 I will shewe wonders in heauen aboue, and tokes in the earth beneth:
bloude and fyre, and the vapoure off smoke.
31 The Sonne shalbe turned in to darcknesse, & ye Moone in to bloude:
before yt greate & notable daye off the LORDE come.
32 And the tyme shal come: yt who so euer calleth on the name of the LORDE,
shalbe saued. For vpon the mount Sion & at Ierusalem, there shalbe a
saluacion, like as the LORDE hath promised: yee & amonge the other remnaunt,
whom the LORDE shall call.
1 For take hede: In those dayes & at ye same tyme, when I turne agayne
the captyuite of Iuda & Ierusale:
2 I shal gather all people together, & brynge the in to the valley of
Iosaphat: and there wil I reason with the, because of my people & heretage
of Israel: who they haue scatred aboute in the nacions, & parted my lode:
3 yee they haue cast lottes for my people, the yonge me haue they set in
the brodel house, & solde the Damsels for wyne, yt they might haue to drike.
4 Thou Tirus and Sido and all ye borders of the Philistynes: what haue ye
to do with me? Will ye defye me? well: yf ye will nedes defye me, I shall
recopence you, euen vpon youre heade, & yt right shortly:
5 for ye haue take awaye my syluer & golde, my fayre & goodly
Iewels, & brought them in to youre gods houses.
6 The children also of Iuda and Ierusalem haue ye solde vnto the Grekes,
that ye might brynge the farre fro ye borders of their owne countrees.
7 Beholde therfore: I will rayse them out of the place, where ye haue
solde them, & will rewarde you euen vpon youre heade.
8 Youre sonnes & youre doughters will I sell thorow the hondes of the
childre of Iuda, & so they shal geue them forth to sell, vnto the of
, a people of a farre coutre: for the LORDE himself hath sayde it.
9 Crie out these thinges amonge the Gentiles, proclame warre, wake vp the
giauntes, let them drawe nye, let the come vp all the lusty warryours of the.
10 Make you sweardes of youre ploweshares, and speares of youre syckles
& sythes. Let ye weake man saye: I am stronge.
11 Mustre you, and come, all ye Heithe roude aboute: gather you together,
there shall the LORDE laye all thy giauntes to the grounde.
12 Let the people aryse, and get them to the
: for there wil I syt, and iudge all Heithe roude aboute.
13 Laye to youre sythes, for the haruest is rype: come, get you downe: the
wynepresse is full, yee the wynepresses runne ouer, for their wickednesse is
14 In the valley appoynted, there shalbe many, many people: for the daye
of the LORDE is nye in ye valley appoynted.
15 The Sonne and Moone shall be darckened, & the starres shal
withdrawe their light.
16 The LORDE shal roare out of Sion, & crie out of Ierusale, that the
heauens & the earth shal quake withall. But the LORDE shal be a defence vnto
his owne people, ad a refuge for the childre of
17 Thus shal ye knowe, yt I the LORDE youre God dwell vpo my holy mount of
Sion. Then shal Ierusale be holy, & there shal no straungers go thorow her
18 Then shal the moutaynes droppe swete wyne, & the hylles shall flowe
with mylcke, All the ryuers of Iuda shal haue water ynough, & out of the
LORDES house, there shal flowe a sprynge, to water ye broke of Sitim:
19 but Egipte shalbe layed waist, & Edo shal be desolate: because they
haue dealte so cruelly with the childre of Iuda, and shed innocent bloude in
20 Agayne, Iuda shalbe inhabited for euermore, & Ierusale from
generacion to generacio:
21 for I wil not leaue their bloude vnauenged. And the LORDE shal dwell in