The word of the Lord that came to Ioel the sonne of Pethuel.
2 Heare this, yee olde men, and giue eare, all yee inhabitants of the lande:
Hath this been in your dayes, or euen in the dayes 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 palmer worme hath left, hath the locust eaten; and that which
the locust hath left, hath the canker-worme eaten; and that which the canker-worme
hath left, hath the caterpillar eaten.
5 Awake ye drunkards, and weepe, and howle all yee drinkers of wine, because of
the new wine, for it is cut off from your mouth.
6 For a nation is come vp vpon my lande, strong, and without number, whose teeth
are the teeth of a lyon, and he hath the cheeke-teeth of a great lyon.
7 He hath laide my vine waste: and barked my figge-tree: hee hath made it cleane
bare, and cast it away, the branches thereof are made white.
8 Lament like a virgine girded with sackecloth for the husband of her youth.
9 The meate offring and the drinke offering is cut off from the house of the
Lord, the Priestes the Lords ministers mourne.
10 The field is wasted, the lande mourneth; for the corne is wasted: the new
wine is dried vp, the oyle languisheth.
11 Be yee ashamed, O yee husbandmen: howle, O yee vine-dressers, for the wheate
and for the barley; because the haruest of the field is perished.
12 The vine is dried vp, and the figgetree languisheth, the pomegranate tree,
the palme tree also and the apple tree, euen all the trees of the field are
withered: because ioy is withered away from the sonnes of men.
13 Gird your selues, and lament, yee Priests: howle, ye ministers of the Altar:
come, lie all night in sackecloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering
and the drinke offering is withholden from the house of your God.
14 Sanctifie yee a fast: call a solemne assembly: gather the Elders, and all the
inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry vnto the
15 Alas for the day: for the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction
from the Almightie shall it come.
16 Is not the meate cut off before your eyes, yea ioy and gladnesse from the
house of our God?
17 The seede is rotten vnder their clods: the garners are laide desolate: the
barnes are broken downe, for the corne is withered.
18 How doe the beastes grone? the heards of cattell are perplexed, because they
haue no pasture, yea the flockes of sheepe are made desolate.
19 O Lord, to thee will I crie: for the fire hath deuoured the pastures of the
wildernesse, and the flame hath burnt all the trees of the field.
20 The beasts of the field crie also vnto thee: for the riuers of waters are
dried vp, and the fire hath deuoured the pastures of the wildernesse.
1 Blow yee the trumpet in Zion, & sound an alarme in my holy mountaine: let
all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it
is nie at hand;
2 A day of darkenesse and of gloominesse, a day of clouds and of thicke
darkenesse, as the morning spread vpon the mountaines: a great people and a
strong, there hath not beene euer the like, neither shall be any more after it,
euen to the yeres of many generations.
3 A fire deuoureth before them, and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as
the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wildernes, yea and
nothing shall escape them.
4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horse men, so
shall they runne.
5 Like the noise of charets on the tops of mountaines shall they leape, like the
noise of a flame of fire that deuoureth the stubble, as a strong people, set in
6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather
7 They shall runne like mighty men, they shall clime the wall like men of warre,
and they shall march euery one on his wayes, and they shall not breake their
8 Neither shall one thrust another, they shall walke euery one in his path: and
when they fall vpon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
9 They shall runne to and fro in the citie: they shall runne vpon the wall: they
shall clime vp vpon the houses: they shall enter in at the windowes, like a
10 The earth shall quake before them, the heauens shall tremble, the Sun &
the Moone shall be darke, & the starres shall withdrawe their shining.
11 And the Lord shall vtter his voyce before his armie, for his campe 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, turne yee euen to me with all your heart,
and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning.
13 And rent your heart and not your garments; and turne vnto the Lord your God:
for he is gracious and mercifull, slow to anger, and of great kindnesse, and
repenteth him of the euill.
14 Who knoweth if he will returne and repent, and leaue a blessing behind him,
euen a meate offring and a drinke offring vnto the Lord your God?
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctifie a fast, call a solemne assembly.
16 Gather the people: sanctifie the congregation: assemble the elders: gather
the children, and those that sucke the breasts: let the bridegroome goe forth of
his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
17 Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weepe betweene the porch and the
altar, & let them say; Spare thy people O Lord, and giue not thine heritage
to reproch; that the heathen should rule ouer them: Wherefore should they say
among the people, Where is their God?
18 Then will the Lord be iealous for his land, and pitie his people.
19 Yea the Lord will answere and say vnto his people; Behold, I will send you
corne and wine, and oyle, and yee shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no
more make you a reproch among the heathen.
20 But I will remoue farre off from you the northren armie, & will driue him
into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the East sea, and his
hinder part towards the vtmost Sea, and his stinke shall come vp, and his ill
sauour shall come vp, because he hath done great things.
21 Feare not, O land, be glad and reioyce: for the Lord will doe great things.
22 Be not afraid, yee beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wildernesse
doe spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine doe yeeld
23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and reioyce in the Lord your God: for he
hath giuen you the former raine moderately, and he will cause to come downe for
you the raine, the former raine, & the latter raine in the first month.
24 And the floores shall bee full of wheate, and the fats shall ouerflowe with
wine and oyle.
25 And I will restore to you the yeeres that the locust hath eaten, the canker
worme, and the caterpiller, and the palmer worme, my great armie which I sent
26 And ye shall eate in plentie, and be satisfied, and praise the Name of the
Lord your God, that hath dealt wonderously with you: and my people shall neuer
27 And ye shal know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord
your God, and none else: and my people shall neuer be ashamed.
28 And it shall come to passe afterward, that I will powre out my Spirit vpon
all flesh, and your sonnes and your daughters shall prophecie, your old men
shall dreame dreames, your yong men shall see visions.
29 And also vpon the seruants, and vpon the handmaids in those dayes will I
powre out my Spirit.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heauens, and in the earth, blood and fire, and
pillars of smoke.
31 The Sunne shall be turned into darkenesse, and the Moone into blood, before
the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.
32 And it shall come to passe that whosoeuer shall call on the Name of the Lord,
shall bee deliuered: for in mount Zion and in Ierusalem shalbe deliuerance, as
the Lord hath said, and in the remnant, whom the Lord shall call.
1 For behold, in those dayes and in that time, when I shall bring againe the
captiuitie of Iudah and Ierusalem,
2 I wil also gather all nations, and will bring them downe into the valley of
Iehoshaphat, and wil plead with them there for my people, and for my heritage
Israel, whom they haue scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
3 And they haue cast lots for my people, and haue giuen a boy for a harlot, and
solde a girle for wine, that they might drinke.
4 Yea and what haue ye to do with me, O Tyre and Zidon, and all the coasts of
Palestine? will ye render mee a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and
speedily will I returne your recompense vpon your owne head.
5 Because yee haue taken my siluer and my gold, and haue caried into your
temples my goodly pleasant things.
6 The children also of Iudah and the children of Ierusalem haue ye sold vnto the
Grecians, that yee might remoue them farre from their border.
7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither yee haue sold them, and wil
returne your recompence vpon your owne head.
8 And I will sell your sonnes and 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 Proclaime ye this among the gentiles: prepare warre, wake vp the mightie men,
let all the men of warre draw neere, let them come vp.
10 Beate your plowe shares into swords, and your pruning hookes into speares,
let the weake say, I am strong.
11 Assemble your selues, and come all ye heathen, and gather your selues
together round about: thither cause thy mightie ones to come downe, O Lord.
12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come vp to the valley of Iehoshaphat: for
there will I sit to iudge all the heathen round about.
13 Put ye in the sickle, for the haruest is ripe, come, get you downe, for the
presse is full, the fats ouerflowe, for the wickednesse is great.
14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for ye day of the Lord is
neere in the valley of decision.
15 The Sunne and the Moone shall be darkened, and the starres shall withdraw
16 The Lord also shal roare out of Zion, and vtter his voice from Ierusalem, and
the heauens 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
Mountaine: then shall Ierusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers passe
through her any more.
18 And it shall come to passe in that day, that the mountaines shal drop downe
new wine, and the hils shall flow with milke, and all the riuers of Iudah shall
flow with waters, and a fountaine shall come forth of the house of the Lord, and
shall water the valley of Shittim.
19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wildernes, for the
violence against the children of Iudah, because they haue shed innocent blood in
20 But Iudah shall dwell for euer, and Ierusalem from generation to generation.
21 For I wil cleanse their blood, that I haue not cleansed, for the Lord
dwelleth in Zion.