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1:1 The word of the Lord that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel:
An Invasion of Locusts2 Hear this, you elders;give ear, all inhabitants of the land!Has such a thing happened in your days,or in the days of your fathers?
3 Tell your children of it,and let your children tell their children,and their children to another generation.
4 What the cutting locust left,the swarming locust has eaten.What the swarming locust left,the hopping locust has eaten,and what the hopping locust left,the destroying locust has eaten.
5 Awake, you drunkards, and weep,and wail, all you drinkers of wine,because of the sweet wine,for it is cut off from your mouth.
6 For a nation has come up against my land,powerful and beyond number;its teeth are lions’ teeth,and it has the fangs of a lioness.
7 It has laid waste my vineand splintered my fig tree;it has stripped off their bark and thrown it down;their branches are made white.
8 Lament like a virgin wearing sackclothfor the bridegroom of her youth.
9 The grain offering and the drink offering are cut offfrom the house of the Lord.The priests mourn,the ministers of the Lord.
10 The fields are destroyed,the ground mourns,because the grain is destroyed,the wine dries up,the oil languishes.
11 Be ashamed, O tillers of the soil;wail, O vinedressers,for the wheat and the barley,because the harvest of the field has perished.
12 The vine dries up;the fig tree languishes.Pomegranate, palm, and apple,all the trees of the field are dried up,and gladness dries upfrom the children of man.
A Call to Repentance13 Put on sackcloth and lament, O priests;wail, O ministers of the altar.Go in, pass the night in sackcloth,O ministers of my God!Because grain offering and drink offeringare withheld from the house of your God.
14 Consecrate a fast;call a solemn assembly.Gather the eldersand all the inhabitants of the landto the house of the Lord your God,and cry out to the Lord.
15 Alas for the day!For the day of the Lord is near,and as destruction from the Almighty it comes.
16 Is not the food cut offbefore our eyes,joy and gladnessfrom the house of our God?
17 The seed shrivels under the clods;the storehouses are desolate;the granaries are torn downbecause the grain has dried up.
18 How the beasts groan!The herds of cattle are perplexedbecause there is no pasture for them;even the flocks of sheep suffer.
19 To you, O Lord, I call.For fire has devouredthe pastures of the wilderness,and flame has burnedall the trees of the field.
20 Even the beasts of the field pant for youbecause the water brooks are dried up,and fire has devouredthe pastures of the wilderness.
The Day of the Lord2:1 Blow a trumpet in Zion;sound an alarm on my holy mountain!Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,for the day of the Lord is coming; it is near,
2 a day of darkness and gloom,a day of clouds and thick darkness!Like blackness there is spread upon the mountainsa great and powerful people;their like has never been before,nor will be again after themthrough the years of all generations.
3 Fire devours before them,and behind them a flame burns.The land is like the garden of Eden before them,but behind them a desolate wilderness,and nothing escapes them.
4 Their appearance is like the appearance of horses,and like war horses they run.
5 As with the rumbling of chariots,they leap on the tops of the mountains,like the crackling of a flame of firedevouring the stubble,like a powerful armydrawn up for battle.
6 Before them peoples are in anguish;all faces grow pale.
7 Like warriors they charge;like soldiers they scale the wall.They march each on his way;they do not swerve from their paths.
8 They do not jostle one another;each marches in his path;they burst through the weaponsand are not halted.
9 They leap upon the city,they run upon the walls,they climb up into the houses,they enter through the windows like a thief.
10 The earth quakes before them;the heavens tremble.The sun and the moon are darkened,and the stars withdraw their shining.
11 The Lord utters his voicebefore his army,for his camp is exceedingly great;he who executes his word is powerful.For the day of the Lord is great and very awesome;who can endure it?
Return to the Lord12 “Yet even now,” declares the Lord,“return to me with all your heart,with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
13 and rend your hearts and not your garments.”Return to the Lord your God,for he is gracious and merciful,slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;and he relents over disaster.
14 Who knows whether he will not turn and relent,and leave a blessing behind him,a grain offering and a drink offeringfor the Lord your God?
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion;consecrate a fast;call a solemn assembly;
16 gather the people.Consecrate the congregation;assemble the elders;gather the children,even nursing infants.Let the bridegroom leave his room,and the bride her chamber.
17 Between the vestibule and the altarlet the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weepand say, “Spare your people, O Lord,and make not your heritage a reproach,a byword among the nations.Why should they say among the peoples,‘Where is their God?’”
The Lord Had Pity18 Then the Lord became jealous for his landand had pity on his people.
19 The Lord answered and said to his people,“Behold, I am sending to yougrain, wine, and oil,and you will be satisfied;and I will no more make youa reproach among the nations.
20 “I will remove the northerner far from you,and drive him into a parched and desolate land,his vanguard into the eastern sea,and his rear guard into the western sea;the stench and foul smell of him will rise,for he has done great things.
21 “Fear not, O land;be glad and rejoice,for the Lord has done great things!
22 Fear not, you beasts of the field,for the pastures of the wilderness are green;the tree bears its fruit;the fig tree and vine give their full yield.
23 “Be glad, O children of Zion,and rejoice in the Lord your God,for he has given the early rain for your vindication;he has poured down for you abundant rain,the early and the latter rain, as before.
24 “The threshing floors shall be full of grain;the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
25 I will restore to you the yearsthat the swarming locust has eaten,the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,my great army, which I sent among you.
26 “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,and praise the name of the Lord your God,who has dealt wondrously with you.And my people shall never again be put to shame.
27 You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,and that I am the Lord your God and there is none else.And my people shall never again be put to shame.
The Lord Will Pour Out His Spirit28 “And it shall come to pass afterward,that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,your old men shall dream dreams,and your young men shall see visions.
29 Even on the male and female servantsin those days I will pour out my Spirit.
30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.
32 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.
The Lord Judges the Nations 3:1 “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
2 I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land,
3 and have cast lots for my people, and have traded a boy for a prostitute, and have sold a girl for wine and have drunk it.
4 “What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are paying me back, I will return your payment on your own head swiftly and speedily.
5 For you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples.
6 You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their own border.
7 Behold, I will stir them up from the place to which you have sold them, and I will return your payment on your own head.
8 I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a nation far away, for the Lord has spoken.”
9 Proclaim this among the nations:Consecrate for war;stir up the mighty men.Let all the men of war draw near;let them come up.
10 Beat your plowshares into swords,and your pruning hooks into spears;let the weak say, “I am a warrior.”
11 Hasten and come,all you surrounding nations,and gather yourselves there.Bring down your warriors, O Lord.
12 Let the nations stir themselves upand come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;for there I will sit to judgeall the surrounding nations.
13 Put in the sickle,for the harvest is ripe.Go in, tread,for the winepress is full.The vats overflow,for their evil is great.
14 Multitudes, multitudes,in the valley of decision!For the day of the Lord is nearin the valley of decision.
15 The sun and the moon are darkened,and the stars withdraw their shining.
16 The Lord roars from Zion,and utters his voice from Jerusalem,and the heavens and the earth quake.But the Lord is a refuge to his people,a stronghold to the people of Israel.
The Glorious Future of Judah17 “So you shall know that I am the Lord your God,who dwells in Zion, my holy mountain.And Jerusalem shall be holy,and strangers shall never again pass through it.
18 “And in that daythe mountains shall drip sweet wine,and the hills shall flow with milk,and all the streambeds of Judahshall flow with water;and a fountain shall come forth from the house of the Lordand water the Valley of Shittim.
19 “Egypt shall become a desolationand Edom a desolate wilderness,for the violence done to the people of Judah,because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
20 But Judah shall be inhabited forever,and Jerusalem to all generations.
21 I will avenge their blood,blood I have not avenged,for the Lord dwells in Zion.”
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A Father’s Wise Instruction4:1 Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction,and be attentive, that you may gain insight,
2 for I give you good precepts;do not forsake my teaching.
3 When I was a son with my father,tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,
4 he taught me and said to me,“Let your heart hold fast my words;keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom; get insight;do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
6 Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;love her, and she will guard you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,and whatever you get, get insight.
8 Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;she will honor you if you embrace her.
9 She will place on your head a graceful garland;she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”
10 Hear, my son, and accept my words,that the years of your life may be many.
11 I have taught you the way of wisdom;I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
12 When you walk, your step will not be hampered,and if you run, you will not stumble.
13 Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;guard her, for she is your life.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,and do not walk in the way of the evil.
15 Avoid it; do not go on it;turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.
17 For they eat the bread of wickednessand drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
19 The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;they do not know over what they stumble.
20 My son, be attentive to my words;incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Let them not escape from your sight;keep them within your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them,and healing to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,for from it flow the springs of life.
24 Put away from you crooked speech,and put devious talk far from you.
25 Let your eyes look directly forward,and your gaze be straight before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet;then all your ways will be sure.
27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left;turn your foot away from evil.
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The 144,000 of Israel Sealed 7:1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree.
2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea,
3 saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”
4 And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:
5 12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed,12,000 from the tribe of Reuben,12,000 from the tribe of Gad,
6 12,000 from the tribe of Asher,12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali,12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,
7 12,000 from the tribe of Simeon,12,000 from the tribe of Levi,12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,
8 12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun,12,000 from the tribe of Joseph,12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.
A Great Multitude from Every Nation9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,
12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?”
14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God,and serve him day and night in his temple;and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;the sun shall not strike them,nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,and he will guide them to springs of living water,and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
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