Joel

From the Greek Septuagint text as was used by First Century Christians
A late 7th Century BCE prophecy concerning the destruction and restoration of Jerusalem,
parts of which were quoted by Peter when explaining how some of these words were fulfilled on Pentecost of 33 CE.

Chapter 1

1 These are words of Jehovah that came to JoEl the son of BathuEl.

2 'Listen to these things, O you eldersÉ
Give ear, all you who live in the land!
Have you seen such things in your [lives]?
Were they seen in the days of your fathers?

3 'Describe these things to your children
And to all generations that follow!
4 For, caterpillars ate all there was,
And locusts devoured what they didn't eat;
Then, grasshoppers ate what remained from the locusts,
And what the grasshoppers didn't consume
Was thereafter destroyed by the blight.

5 'Now, sober up and start crying,
All you who are drunk from your wine;
For joy and gladness are gone your mouths,
6 Since a powerful and populous nation
Has now come to your land.

'They have teeth that are like those of lions
And molars like those of young bears.
7 They've appointed your grapevines to extinction,
And condemned your fig-trees to splinters.
They are searching for you and cutting you down,
And all of your branches are white.

8 'So wail like woman in sackcloth
[Who mourns] for the man of her virgin years.
9 For the drink offerings and other sacrifices
Have been removed from [My Temple].
Yes mourn, O Priests you who serve at the Altar,
10 For all of the fields now lie bare!

'And mourn, O land, for the grain is now gone,
Also, the wine has all dried,
And in short supply is the oilÉ
11 For the farmers have withered away.
Yes, wail for all your possessions,
Since the wheat and barley are gone from the fields!

12 'The grapevines [have shriveled and] dried;
Very few fig-trees remain;
The pomegranates, palms, and the melons,
And all the trees in the plains are now dryÉ
Yes, all that brings joy to sons of men,
Has been taken away!

13 'So Priests; tie your [hands] and beat on yourselvesÉ
Yes wail, you who serve at the Altar!
Go to bed wearing sackcloth,
You who serve before Me.
For there's nothing for you to sacrifice,
And nothing to bring as drink offerings
To the House of Jehovah!

14 'So, call for a sacred period of fastingÉ
Proclaim a solemn assembly!
Gather the elders and all of the people
To the House of Jehovah, your God,
Where all must fervently call to the Lord!

15 'Woe, woe, woe for this time,
For the Day of the Lord has arrived,
So misery upon misery has reached you.
16 Since, before your eyes, the food was destroyed,
Along with all that brings joy to your people.

17 'In the stables, the cows are now restless,
Since all that they treasure is gone.
All the wine vats have been cut to the ground,
And all your grain is now parched;
18 So, you have nothing at all.

The herds of oxen are bawling
Because they don't have any pasture,
And your flocks of sheep have all been destroyed.
19 So, you should call to Jehovah,
For your beautiful fields have been burned,
And flames have consumed all your trees.

20 'Now, even the beasts in the plains
Are all looking to Me,
Because their springs have gone dry,
And the desert's beauty has vanished.

Chapter 2

1 'So, sound the trumpets in Zion,
And on the Holy Mountain, you should proclaim
That all should bow to their faces,
For the Day of the Lord is at hand (it is near)!

2 'It's a day that's gloomy and darkÉ
It's a day that's cloudy with fog.
And as dawn peaks over the mountains,
[You can see] a vast, mighty people.

'Through the ages, such a thing hasn't happened,
And through coming years, it won't happen againÉ
From one generation to another.

3 'A consuming fire is raging before you,
And all that's behind you is burning.
A paradise of delights lies before you,
But all that's behind is extinction and desert
From which, no man can escape.

4 'The sight of them is like horsesÉ
Like cavalry in hot pursuit.
5 Theirs is the sound of chariot wheels
Leaping across tops of mountainsÉ
Like the sounds of flames burning stubble,
And of a vast, mighty hoard prepared for a war.

6 'Before them, the people will all be destroyed,
And their faces will be like burnt pots.
7 For as warriors, they will attack you;
And as men of war, they'll then scale your walls.

'Each of their men will go their own ways,
And they'll not be turned from their pathsÉ
8 But, none will stray far from his brother.

'They will come there with shields,
And using their arrows, the people will fallÉ
For no way will they tire [of killing].

9 'They will then capture the city,
And along its walls, they will run.
Into your homes, they then will ascend,
And they'll climb through your windows like thieves.

10 'Before their faces, there'll be just confusion,
And even the skies will be shaken.
The sun and the moon will grow dark,
And the brightness of the stars will decrease.

11 'Before his armies, their lord will call out;
For he's leading a great mighty hoard.
His power will be seen in the things that he does,
For great is the Day of the Lord,
Since can stand to oppose him.

12 'Now run,' says Jehovah, our God!
'Flee to Me whole-heartedly,
Fasting, weeping, and beating your chests!'

13 You should tear at your hearts, not your clothes,
And then turn to Jehovah, your God!
For He shows mercy and pityÉ
He's merciful and He's forgiving,
[And He'll overlook] the bad things you've done.

14 Who knows if He'll stop and consider,
Then change His plans and bless you instead.
So, bring your sacrifices and drink offerings
To Jehovah, your God!

15 'Now, blow the trumpets in ZionÉ
Proclaim a [day] of holy fastsÉ
A day of sacred service must be declared!

16 'Yes, gather all of the people
And proclaim a holy assembly!
Choose your elders, then gather your youngÉ
Even those that are nursing at breasts!
Call the grooms from their bedrooms
And the brides from their wedding chambers!

17 'O Priests, you should all start to weepÉ
Yes, you who serve before God
At the base of the Altar.
Then pray, Spare Your people, O Lord!
Don't hand them over for scorning
And to be ruled by the nations!
Then the nations will never have reason to ask,
So now, where is your God?
'

18 O Jehovah; show zeal for Your land,
And please show mercy to Your people!

19 O Jehovah; reply to Your people and say:
'{Look!} I'll send so much grain that you will be full,
Along with much wine and olive oilÉ
And you'll be scorned by the nations no more!'

20 Say, 'I'll drive away those who have come from the north,
And push them into a waterless land.
I'll remove their faces to the farthest of seas,
And their rears to the opposite end
Where they [will lie] rotting and groaning,
And where nothing they've done can be seen.'

21 So, be courageous O landÉ
Yes, rejoice and be glad,
For the Lord will be moved to take action!

22 Also take courage, you cattle;
For, pastures will burst from the desert,
And all the trees will bear fruitÉ
The fig-trees and grapevines will then yield their strength!

23 Be glad, O children of Zion,
And find joy in Jehovah, your God.
For on righteousness, He will then feed you,
And He'll bring the rains (both the early and late)
Just like He's done in the past.
24 Then your threshing-floors will be covered with grain,
As your vats of oil and wine overflow.

25 He will repay you for all of those years
When your things were devoured by blight,
As well as by grasshoppers, caterpillars, and locusts,
And that great army that He sent against you.

26 Then, you will all eat and be filled,
And you'll praise the Name of your GodÉ
The One who sent you great wonders.
And thereafter, His people won't meet with disgrace
Throughout the ages that follow.

27 'O IsraEl, at that time, you'll come here and know,
That I am here in your midstÉ
Yes Me, Jehovah your God!
For there are no Gods other than Me,
And I'll not leave My people disgraced through the age!

28 'In the last days, I will pour out My Breath,
And Your sons and daughters will all prophesy,
Your aged men will dream dreams,
And young men in your midst will see visions.

29 'In those days, I will pour out My Breath
Upon My male and female attendants.
30 Miracles, I'll create in the skiesÉ
As I bring fire, smoke and blood to the land.

31 'For the sun will then become dark,
And the moon [will be changed] into blood
Before the great and apparent
Arrival of the Day of the Lord.

32 'Then, all those who call on the name of the Lord
Will thereafter be saved,' said Jehovah.
'For, to Mount Zion and JeruSalem
Will come a person who saves,
And announcing good news to all those
Who have been called by Jehovah.'

Chapter 3

1 'For, {Look!} in those days and at that time,
I'll return all those who were taken away
To Judah and JeruSalem.

2 'Then I'll gather all of those nations
To the Valley of JehoShaphat;
And on behalf of My people, I'll judge themÉ
On behalf IsraEl (My inheritance)É
Those whom I'd scattered among all the nationsÉ
Those among whom I divided My landÉ
My people, over whom I cast lotsÉ
3 Those who gave their boys to the whores,
And sold the young women for wine (which they drank).

4 'What are you to Me, O Sidon and Tyre,
Or Galilee of the Philistines?
Shouldn't I repay you for the things that you've doneÉ
What reasons did I give you to hate Me?

'So I'll swiftly bring what's due on your heads;
5 For you've taken My silver and gold,
As well as those whom I've chosenÉ
You carried it all back to your temples!
6 And the sons of Judah and JeruSalem,
You've given to the sons of the GreeksÉ
You pushed them away from your borders.

7 'But LookÉ
In every place where you sent them,
I will make them arise
And I'll lay the payment for them on your heads.

8 'Then I'll give your sons and your daughters
To the sons of the Jews.
And many will be taken as captives
To nations that live far away;
For I Jehovah, have spoken.

9 'Proclaim these things to the nations!
Declare a holy war against themÉ
Yes, awaken the soldiers and shout:
[Attack and conquer], O men of war!
10 Cut your plows into broadswords,
And beat your scythes into spears!
Let the weak among you say they are strong,
11 And attack the nations that live roundabout!
Come assemble [your armies],
And let your meek become warriors!

12 'Yes, awaken the gentiles and send them
To the Valley of JehoShaphat;
For there, I will separate nations
(Those that live round-about you),
13 And then I'll send for the scythesÉ
For the crops are now ready for harvest!
Climb in and tread, for the wine vat is fullÉ
The vats overflow with their badness!

14 'Throughout the valley, [you'll hear] the cries
Of those who're about to be punished;
For the Day of the Lord is at hand!

15 'Then the sun and the moon will grow dark,
And the stars will start to grow dim.
16 And from Zion, the Lord will then shoutÉ
From JeruSalem, his voice will be heard.

'Then the lands and skies will be shakenÉ
But the Lord will spare all his people.
For I'll make the sons of IsraEl strong,
17 And you'll know that I am Jehovah your God!

'On Zion, My Holy Mountain, I'll camp,
And JeruSalem will be holy once moreÉ
The nations will not overrun her again.

18 'And in that day;
The mountains will trickle down sweetness,
Milk will flow from the hills,
And from the springs of Judah, water will flow.

'Then a spring will flow from My [Temple],
And its waters will become a great river!

19 'Egypt will no longer be,
And Edom's land in the plains will be gone;
For to the sons of Judah, they were unfair,
And they shed righteous blood in their lands.

20 'Through the ages, Judah will be lived inÉ
Through generations of generations in JeruSalem.
21 Then I'll avenge all the blood that I've not avenged,
And thereafter, the Lord will be camping on Zion.'

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