CLV(i) 1 The word of Yahweh, which comes to Joel, son of Pethuel:" 2 Hear this, elders! And give ear, all dwellers of the land! Has this come in your days? Or, perchance, in the days of your forefathers? 3 Concerning it relate to your sons, and your sons to their sons, and their sons to an after generation." 4 The leavings of the larva, the locust eats, and the leavings of the locust, the grub of the beetle eats, and the leavings of the grub, the beetle eats." 5 Awake, drunkards, from your wine, and lament! And howl, all drinkers of wine, over the juice! For rejoicing and elation is cut off from your mouth." 6 For a nation comes up on My land, staunch and numberless; its teeth are the teeth of a lion, and it has fangs of a parent lion." 7 It brings My vine to a desolation and My fig to a stripping of bark. Utterly it bares it and flings it away; its intertwining branches are whitened. 8 Mourn as a virgin girded with sackcloth, over the possessor of her youth." 9 The approach present and the libation are cut off from the house of Yahweh! The priests, ministers of Yahweh's altar, mourn!" 10 The field is devastated; the ground mourns; for the grain is devastated. The grape juice is dried; the clarified oil is enfeebled. 11 Be ashamed, farmers! Howl, vineyardists! Over the wheat and over the barley, for the harvest of the field perishes." 12 The vine is dried, and the fig tree is enfeebled. The pomegranate, moreover the palm and the apricot--all the trees of the field are dry, for elation is dried from the sons of humanity." 13 Gird sackcloth, and wail, priests! Howl, ministers of the altar! Come! Lodge in sackcloth, ministers of my Elohim. For the approach present and the libation are withheld from the house of your Elohim." 14 Hallow a fast! Proclaim a time of restraint! Gather, elders, all the dwellers of the land, to the house of Yahweh, your Elohim! And cry out to Yahweh." 15 Alas! Alas! Alas for the day! For near is the day of Yahweh. And as devastation from Him Who-Suffices is it coming. 16 Is not the food cut off in front of our eyes, rejoicing and exultation from the house of our Elohim? 17 The parted seeds wizen beneath their dirt lumps:The treasuries are desolate; the underground hoards are demolished, for the grain is dried up." 18 How the beast sighs! The droves of oxen are doleful, for there is no pasture for them. Even the droves of small cattle are exterminated." 19 To You, Yahweh, am I calling, for fire devours the oases of the wilderness, and a blaze sets aflame all the trees of the field." 20 Even the beasts of the field are sniffing for You, for the channels of water are dry, and fire devours the oases of the wilderness."