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 Hear these things, O you elders!
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 arrived in our land.

They have the teeth of a lion,
And their molars are like those of bear cubs.
7 They've appointed our grapevines to extinction,
And condemned our fig-trees to splinters.
They have searched for them and then cut them down,
And all of their branches are white.

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

And mourn, O land, for the grain is now gone,
Also, the wine has all dried,
And in short supply is the oil╔
11 For the farmers have withered away.
Yes, wail for all your possessions,
Since the wheat and barley has been wiped 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 fields are now dry╔
Yes, all that brings joy to sons of men,
Has been taken away!

13 So, tie up your [hands] and beat yourselves, Priests╔
Yes, wail, O you who serve at the Altar!
Go to bed wearing sackcloth,
You who serve before God;
For, no sacrifices remain,
And there are no longer drink offerings
In the House of your God!

14 So, call for a period of holy fasts╔
Proclaim a solemn assembly!
Gather the elders and all of the people,
To the House of Jehovah, their God,
And all must fervently call to the Lord!

15 Woe, woe, woe for this time╔
Since the Day of the Lord is at hand,
And misery upon misery has reached us.
16 Before your eyes, the food was destroyed,
As well as all that brings gladness and joy,
To the [people] of God.

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 the grain is now parched;
18 So, is there anything left?

The herds of oxen now bawl,
Because they have no more pasture,
And the flocks of sheep are destroyed.
19 So we'll call out to You, O Jehovah,
For our beautiful fields have been burned,
And flames have consumed their trees.

20 Why, the beasts in the plains are looking to You,
For all 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, proclaim it;
That all in the land 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 dark╔
It's a day that's cloudy with fog.
And as dawn breaks over the mountains,
[We can see] a vast, mighty people.

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

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

4 The sight of them is like horses╔
Like cavalry in hot pursuit.
5 Theirs is the sound of chariot wheels,
Leaping across mountain tops╔
Like the sounds of flames burning stubble,
And like that of a vast, mighty hoard,
Which is 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;
And as men of war, they'll then scale the walls.

Each man will go his own way,
And they'll not be turned from their paths╔
8 But, none will stray far from his brother.

They will come here with shields,
And by their arrows, the people will fall╔
For no way will they tire [of their killing].

9 They will then capture the city,
And along its walls, they will run.
Into our homes, they'll ascend,
And climb through the 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,
And who can stand to oppose Him?

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

13 Yes, tear at your hearts, not your clothes,
And turn to Jehovah, your God!
For, He shows mercy and pity╔
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 Then, blow the trumpets in Zion╔
Proclaim a [time] of holy fasts╔
A day of sacred service must be declared!

16 Gather all of the people,
And proclaim a holy assembly!
Choose your elders, then gather your young╔
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 weeping╔
Yes, you who serve before God,
There 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!
So the nations will never have reason to ask,
Where now, is your great God?
'

18 O Jehovah, show zeal for Your land,
And 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,
As well as much wine and olive oil,
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 to a dry 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 all that they've done can be seen.'

21 So, be courageous O land╔
Yes, rejoice and be glad,
For the Lord has been moved to take action!

22 Also take courage, you cattle;
For, pastures will burst from the desert,
And all the trees will bear fruit╔
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 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 'I'll repay you for all of those years,
When your things were devoured by blight╔
By the grasshoppers, caterpillars, and locusts,
And by the great army that I sent against you.

26 'Then, you will eat and be filled,
And you'll praise the Name of your God
The One who sent you great wonders.
And My people won't meet with disgrace through the age.

27 'O IsraEl, at that time, you'll come here and know,
That I am here in your midst╔
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 skies╔
As I bring fire, smoke and blood to the earth.

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

32 'Then all who call on the name of the Lord
Will be saved,' said Jehovah.
'For, to Mount Zion and JeruSalem,
Will come a person who saves,
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 captives,
To Judah and to JeruSalem.

2 'Then I'll gather all of the nations,
To the Valley of JehoShaphat;
And on behalf of My people, I'll judge them╔
Yes, IsraEl, My inherited [people]╔
Those whom I'd scattered among all the nations╔
Those among whom I divided My land╔
My people, over whom I cast lots╔
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 done╔
What reasons did I give you to hate Me?

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

7 'But Look╔
In every place where you sent them,
I will now wake them up,
And 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╔ yes, wake 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 those nations that live roundabout!

'Yes, assemble [your armies],
And let your meek become warriors!
12 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 scythes,
For the crops are now ready for harvest!
Climb in and tread, for the wine vat is full╔
The vats overflow with their badness!'

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

15 Then the sun and the moon will grow dark,
And all the stars will grow dim.
16 From Zion, the Lord will then shout╔
From JeruSalem, His voice will be heard.

Then the lands and skies will be shaken╔
But the Lord will spare all His people.
'I will 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 again╔
The nations will not overrun her.

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

'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 land.

20 'Through the ages, will Judah be lived in╔
Generations of generations, in JeruSalem.
21 I'll avenge all the blood that I've not avenged,
And the Lord will then camp on Zion.'

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