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1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. 2 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? 3 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. 4 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. 5 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. 6 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. 7 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. 8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth. 9 The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD's ministers, mourn. 10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. 11 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. 12 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. 13 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. 14 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, 15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. 16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God? 17 The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. 18 How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. 19 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. 20 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.

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1 Sarah R = ""Joel was the son of Pethuel, about whom we know nothing. That the prophet lived in Jerusalem is probably because of his avid interest in the city, his repeated references to Zion, his call to the people to assemble for worship, and his interest in the temple rituals and sacrifices. His use of the popular formula, 'The word of the LORD that came,' demonstrates his devotion as God's prophet. Distinguishing himself from the priests, he respectfully urged them to lead the people in repentance."- Apologetics Study Bible, intro to Joel"
2 Sarah R = ""Pronouncements about the Day of the Lord often speak of its imminence - it will come soon, it is impending. Three times Joel declared the the day of the Lord was 'near' (1:15, 2:1, 3:14), and most of the other prophets who referred to the Day of the Lord also spoke of it as 'near' (Is 13:6; Ezk 30:3; Ob 15; Zph 1:7,14). Zephaniah added that the day was 'rapidly approaching'. Since well more than two millennia have passed since these prophets wrote, it may seem strange that they used such an expression for an event that is yet to occur."Christian interpreters who have pondered this biblical phenomenon have arrived at different explanations for it. One consideration is that, because the prophets who spoke of the imminence of the Day were themselves widely separated in time (spanning a period of 350 years or more), they did not mean that it would have to arrive within a few years. Their unified witness to the coming of the Day speaks not of its timing but of its certainty, and the foreboding associated with it. The devastating judgment could come at any time; this urgency was what they sought to convey."The tension between the imminence and delay of the Day of the Lord is a question taken up in the NT. Peter pointed out that God's timing may differ from human expectations, and that a delay in His timetable for judgment is due to His grace. He wants to afford every possible opportunity for people to repent before bringing this judgment (2 Pt 3:8-10)."- The Apologetics Study Bible note"