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The King James Bible


Book 29    Joel
001:001 The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.
001:002 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?
001:003 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their
        children, and their children another generation.
001:004 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.
001:005 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.
001:006 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.
001:007 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.
001:008 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of
        her youth.
001:009 The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the
        house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD's ministers, mourn.
001:010 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is
        wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.
001:011 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.
001:012 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.
001:013 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.
001:014 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,
001:015 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a
        destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
001:016 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness
        from the house of our God?
001:017 The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid
        desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.
001:018 How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed,
        because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are
        made desolate.
001:019 O 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.
001:020 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.
002:001 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and 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;
002:002 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.
002:003 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.
002:004 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as
        horsemen, so shall they run.
002:005 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.
002:006 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces
        shall gather blackness.
002:007 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:
002:008 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.
002:009 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.
002:010 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:
002:011 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?
002:012 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with
        all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with
        mourning:
002:013 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.
002:014 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?
002:015 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn
        assembly:
002:016 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.
002:017 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?
002:018 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his
        people.
002:019 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:
002:020 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.
002:021 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do
        great things.
002:022 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.
002:023 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.
002:024 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall
        overflow with wine and oil.
002:025 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath
        eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the
        palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
002:026 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.
002:027 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I
        am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never
        be ashamed.
002:028 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:
002:029 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those
        days will I pour out my spirit.
002:030 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth,
        blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
002:031 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into
        blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.
002:032 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.
003:001 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall
        bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,
003:002 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into
        the valley of Jehoshaphat, 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.
003:003 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.
003:004 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and
        all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence?
        and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return
        your recompence upon your own head;
003:005 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried
        into your temples my goodly pleasant things:
003:006 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have
        ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from
        their border.
003:007 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have
        sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head:
003:008 And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of
        the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the
        Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD hath spoken it.
003:009 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:
003:010 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into
        spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
003:011 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather
        yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones
        to come down, O LORD.
003:012 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of
        Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen
        round about.
003:013 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.
003:014 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day
        of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
003:015 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall
        withdraw their shining.
003:016 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from
        Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the
        LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the
        children of Israel.
003:017 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.
003:018 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 out of the house of the LORD, and
        shall water the valley of Shittim.
003:019 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate
        wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah,
        because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
003:020 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation
        to generation.
003:021 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for
        the LORD dwelleth in Zion.

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