The worde of the Lorde that came to Ioel the sonne of Pethuel.
2 Heare ye this, O Elders, and hearken ye all inhabitantes of the land, whether
such a thing hath bene in your dayes, or yet in the dayes of your fathers.
3 Tell you your children of it, and let your children shew to their children,
and their children to another generation.
4 That which is left of ye palmer worme, hath the grashopper eaten, & the
residue of ye grashopper hath the canker worme eaten, and the residue of the
canker worme hath the caterpiller eaten.
5 Awake ye drunkards, and weepe, & howle all ye drinkers of wine, because of
the newe wine: for it shalbe pulled from your mouth.
6 Yea, a nation commeth vpon my lande, mightie, & without nomber, whose
teeth are like the teeth of a lyon, and he hath the iawes of a great
7 He maketh my vine waste, & pilleth off the barke of my figge tree: he
maketh it bare, and casteth it downe: ye branches therof are made white.
8 Mourne like a virgine girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.
9 The meate offring, & the drinke offring is cut off from the House of the
Lord: the Priests the Lords ministers mourne.
10 The fielde is wasted: the lande mourneth: for the corne is destroyed: the new
wine is dried vp, and the oyle is decayed.
11 Be ye ashamed, O husband men: howle, O ye vine dressers for the wheate, and
for the barly, because the haruest of the fielde is perished.
12 The vine is dried vp, and the figge tree is decayed: the pomegranate tree
& the palme tree, and the apple tree, euen all the trees of the fielde are
withered: surely the ioy is withered away from the sonnes of men.
13 Girde your selues and lament, ye Priests: howle ye ministers of the altar:
come, and lie all night in sackecloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meate
offring, and the drinke offring is taken away from the house of your God.
14 Sanctifie you a fast: call a solemne assemblie: gather the Elders, and all
the inhabitants of the land into the House of the Lorde your God, and cry vnto
15 Alas: for the day, for the day of the Lord is at hand, and it commeth as a
destruction from the Almightie.
16 Is not the meate cut off before our eyes? & ioy, and gladnesse from the
house of our God?
17 The seede is rotten vnder their cloddes: the garners are destroyed: the
barnes are broken downe, for the corne is withered.
18 How did the beasts mourne! the herdes of cattel pine away, because they haue
no pasture, & the flockes of sheepe are destroyed.
19 O Lord, to thee will I crie: for the fire hath deuoured the pastures of the
wildernesse, and the flame hath burnt vp all the trees of the fielde.
20 The beasts of the fielde cry also vnto thee: for the riuers of waters are
dried vp, and the fire hath deuoured the pastures of the wildernes.
1 Blowe the trumpet in
, and shoute in mine holy mountaine: let all the inhabitants of the lande
tremble: for the day of the Lorde is come: for it is at hand.
2 A day of darkenesse, and of blacknesse, a day of cloudes, & obscuritie, as
the morning spred vpon the mountaines, so is there a great people, and a mighty:
there was none like it from the beginning, neither shalbe any more after it,
vnto the yeeres of many generations.
3 A fire deuoureth before him, and behinde him a flame burneth vp: the land is
as the garden of Eden before him, & behinde him a desolate wildernesse, so
that nothing shal escape him.
4 The beholding of him is like the sight of horses, & like the horsemen, so
shal they runne.
5 Like the noyse of charrets in the toppes of the mountaines shal they leape,
like the noyse of a flame of fire that deuoureth the stubble, and as a mightie
people prepared to the battel.
6 Before his face shal the people tremble: all faces shal gather blackenesse.
7 They shal runne like strong men, and goe vp to the wall like men of warre, and
euery man shall goe forward in his wayes, and they shall not stay in their
8 Neither shal one thrust another, but euery one shall walke in his path: and
when they fall vpon the sword, they shal not be wounded.
9 They shal runne to & fro in the citie: they shal runne vpon the wall: they
shal clime vp vpon the houses, & enter in at ye windowes like ye thiefe.
10 The earth shal tremble before him, ye heauens shal shake, the sunne & the
moone shalbe darke, & the starres shal withdraw their shining,
11 And the Lord shal vtter his voyce before his hoste: for his hoste is very
great: for he is strog that doeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and
very terrible, and who can abide it?
12 Therefore also now the Lord sayth, Turne you vnto me with all your heart,
& with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning,
13 And rent your heart, & not your clothes: and turne vnto the Lord your
God, for he is gratious, and mercifull, slowe to anger, and of great kindnes,
and repenteth him of the euill.
14 Who knoweth, is he wil returne & repent & leaue a blessing behinde
him, euen a meate offring, & a drinke offring vnto ye Lord your God?
15 Blowe the trumpet in
, sanctifie a fast, call a solemne assembly.
16 Gather the people: sanctifie the congregation, gather the elders: assemble
the children, & those that sucke the breastes: let the bridegrome go forth
of his chamber, and the bride out of her bride chamber.
17 Let the Priestes, the ministers of the Lord weepe betweene the porch and the
altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and giue not thine heritage
into reproche that the heathen should rule ouer them. Wherefore should they say
among the people, Where is their God?
18 Then will the Lorde be ielous ouer his land, and spare his people.
19 Yea, the Lord wil answere and say vnto his people, Beholde, I will send you
corne, and wine, and oyle, and you shalbe satisfied therewith: and I will no
more make you a reproche among the heathen,
20 But I will remooue farre off from you the Northren armie, & I will driue
him into a land, barren & desolate with his face toward the East sea, and
his end to the vtmost sea, and his stinke shal come vp, and his corruption shal
ascend, because he hath exalted himselfe to do this.
21 Feare not, O land, but be glad, and reioyce: for the Lord wil do great
22 Be not afrayde, ye beastes of the fielde: for the pastures of the wildernesse
are greene: for the tree beareth her fruite: the figge tree & the vine do
giue their force.
23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and reioyce in the Lorde your God: for he
hath giuen you the rayne of righteousnes, he wil cause to come downe for you the
rayne, euen the first raine, and the latter raine in the first moneth.
24 And the barnes shalbe full of wheate, and the presses shal abound with wine
25 And I will render you the yeeres that the grashopper hath eaten, the canker
worme and the caterpiller and the palmer worme, my great hoste which I sent
26 So you shal eate and be satisfied and praise the Name of the Lord your God,
that hath dealt marueilously with you: and my people shal neuer be ashamed.
27 Ye shal also know, that I am in the middes of Israel, and that I am the Lorde
your God and none other, & my people shal neuer be ashamed.
28 And afterward will I powre out my Spirit vpon all flesh: and your sonnes
& your daughters shall prophecie: your olde men shall dreame dreames, and
your yong men shal see visions,
29 And also vpon the seruants, and vpon the maydes in those dayes wil I powre my
30 And I will shewe wonders in the heauens & in the earth: blood & fire,
& pillars of smoke.
31 The sunne shalbe turned into darkenesse, and the moone into blood, before the
great and terrible day of the Lord come.
32 But whosoeuer shal call on the Name of the Lord, shalbe saued: for in
, and in Ierusale shalbe deliuerance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant,
whom the Lord shal call.
1 For beholde, in those dayes and in that time, when I shal bring againe the
captiuitie of Iudah and Ierusalem,
2 I will also gather all nations, and wil bring them downe into the valley of
Iehoshaphat, & will pleade with them there for my people, & for mine
heritage Israel, whom they haue scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
3 And they haue cast lottes for my people, and haue giuen the childe for the
harlot, & sold the girle for wine, that they might drinke.
4 Yea, and what haue you to do with me, O Tyrus and Zidon and all the costes of
Palestina? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompence mee, swiftly and
speedily will I render your recompence vpon your head:
5 For ye haue taken my siluer and my golde, and haue caried into your temples my
goodly and pleasant things.
6 The children also of Iudah and the children of Ierusalem haue you solde vnto
the Grecians, that ye might send them farre from their border.
7 Beholde, I will rayse them out of the place where ye haue sold them, and will
render your reward vpon your owne head,
8 And I will send your sonnes & your daughters into the hande of the
children of Iudah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people farre
off: for the Lord hath spoken it.
9 Publish this among the Gentiles: prepare warre, wake vp the mightie men: let
all the men of warre drawe neere and come vp.
10 Breake your plowshares into swords, and your sithes into speares: let the
weake say, I am strong.
11 Assemble your selues, and come all yee heathen and gather your selues
together round about: there shall the Lord cast downe the mightie men.
12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come vp to the
: for there will I sit to iudge all the heathen round about.
13 Put in your sithes, for the haruest is ripe: come, get you downe, for the
winepresse is full: yea, the winepresses runne ouer, for their wickednesse is
14 O multitude, O multitude, come into the valley of threshing: for the day of
the Lorde is neere in the valley of threshing.
15 The sunne & moone shalbe darkened, and the starres shall withdrawe their
16 The Lord also shall roare out of
, and vtter his voyce from Ierusalem, and the heauens and the earth shall shake,
but the Lord wil 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
, mine holy Mountaine: then shall Ierusalem bee holy, and there shall no
strangers go thorowe her any more.
18 And in that day shal the mountaines drop downe newe wine, and the hilles
shall flowe with milke, and al the riuers of Iudah shall runne with waters, and
a fountaine shall come forth of the House of the Lorde, and shall water the
shalbe waste, and
shall be a desolate wildernesse, for the iniuries of the childre of Iudah,
because they haue shed innocent blood in their land.
20 But Iudah shall dwell for euer, and Ierusalem from generation to generation.
21 For I will clense their blood, that I haue not clensed, and the Lord will
dwell in Zion.