Fred Miller's Revised King James' Version

JOEL


CHAPTERS:  [1]  [2]  [3]

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Joel 1

1The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. 2Hear this, you old men and give ear, all you inhabitants of the land. Has this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? 3Tell your children of it and let your children tell their children and their children another generation. 4That which the palmer worm has left the locust has eaten; and that which the locust has left the cankerworm has eaten; and that which the cankerworm has left the caterpillar has eaten. 5Awake, you drunkards and weep; and howl, all you drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth. 6For a nation has come up on my land, strong and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion and he has the cheek teeth of a great lion. 7He has laid my vine waste and barked my fig tree: he has made it clean bare, and cast it away; its branches are made white.

8Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth. 9The food offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD'S ministers, mourn. 10The field is wasted, the land mourns; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languishes. 11Be ashamed, O husbandmen; howl, O vine dressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field has perished. 12The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languishes; 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. 13Gird yourselves and lament, you priests: howl, you ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, you ministers of my God: for the food offering and the drink offering is withheld from the house of your God.

14Sanctify 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 to the LORD, 15Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand and it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. 16Is not the food cut off before our eyes, yes, joy and gladness from the house of our God? 17The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. 18How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yes, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. 19O LORD, I will cry to you: for the fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness and the flame has burned all the trees of the field. 20The beasts of the field also cry to you: for the rivers of waters are dried up and the fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

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Chapter 2

1Blow 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 comes, for it is near at hand; 2A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread on the mountains: a great and a strong people; there has not ever been the like, nor shall there be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. 3A fire devours before them; and behind them a flame burns: the land is as the garden of Eden before them and behind them a desolate wilderness; yes, and nothing shall escape them. 4The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. 5Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devours the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. 6Before their face the people shall be greatly pained: all faces shall gather blackness. 7They 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: 8Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall on the sword, they shall not be wounded. 9They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run on the wall, they shall climb up on the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. 10The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark and the stars shall withdraw their shining: 11And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong who executes his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

12Therefore also now, says the LORD, turn to me with all your heart and with fasting and with weeping and with mourning: 13And tear your heart and not your garments and turn to the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness and repents of the evil. 14Who knows if he will return and repent and leave a blessing behind him; even a food offering and a drink offering to the LORD your God? 15Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: 16Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth from his chamber and the bride out of her closet. 17Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar and let them say, Spare your people, O LORD and do not give your heritage to reproach, so that the heathen should rule over them: why should they say among the people, Where is their God?

18Then the LORD will be jealous for his land and pity his people. 19Yes, the LORD will answer and say to his people, Behold, I will send you corn and wine and oil and you shall be satisfied with it: and I will not make you a reproach any more among the heathen: 20But I will remove the northern army far off from you 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 savor shall come up, because he has done great things. 21Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things. 22Do not be afraid, you beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness spring, for the tree bears her fruit, the fig tree and the vine yield their strength. 23Be glad then, you children of Zion and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he has given you the former rain moderately and he will cause the rain to come down for you, the former rain and the latter rain in the first month. 24And the floors shall be full of wheat and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. 25And I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten, the cankerworm and the caterpillar and the palmer worm, my great army which I sent among you. 26And 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 be ashamed. 27And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel and that I am the LORD your God and no one else is: and my people shall never be ashamed.

28And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29And I will also pour out my spirit on the servants and on the handmaids in those days. 30And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood and fire and pillars of smoke. 31The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 32And it shall come to pass, that whoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall deliverance be, as the LORD has said and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

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Chapter 3

1For, behold, in those days and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, 2I 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. 3And 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. 4Yes, and what have you to do with me, O Tyre and Sidon and all the coasts of Palestine? will you render me a recompense? and if you recompense me, swiftly and speedily I will return your recompense on your own head; 5Because you have taken my silver and my gold and have carried my goodly pleasant things into your temples: 6The children of Judah also and the children of Jerusalem you have sold to the Grecians, so that you might remove them far from their border. 7Behold, I will raise them out of the place where you have sold them and will return your recompense on your own head: 8And 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 has spoken it.

9Proclaim this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: 10Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. 11Assemble yourselves and come, all you heathen and gather yourselves together round about: cause your mighty ones to come down there, O LORD. 12Let the heathen be awakened and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there I will sit to judge all the heathen round about. 13Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, go down; for the press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness is great. 14Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. 15The sun and the moon shall be darkened and the stars shall withdraw their shining. 16The 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. 17So shall you know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy and no shall strangers pass through her any more.

18And 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 out of the house of the LORD and shall water the valley of Shittim. 19Egypt 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. 20But Judah shall dwell for ever and Jerusalem from generation to generation. 21For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwells in Zion.

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