Joel, declaring sundry judgments of God, exhorteth to observe them,
Joel 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Ioel the sonne of Pethuel. Joel 1:2 Heare this, yee olde men, and giue eare, all yee inhabitants of the lande: Hath this been in your dayes, or euen in the dayes of your fathers? Joel 1:3 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children [tell] their children, and their children another generation. Joel 1:4 That which the palmer worme hath left, hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left, hath the canker-worme eaten; and that which the canker-worme hath left, hath the caterpillar eaten. Joel 1:5 Awake ye drunkards, and weepe, and howle all yee drinkers of wine, because of the new wine, for it is cut off from your mouth. Joel 1:6 For a nation is come vp vpon my lande, strong, and without number, whose teeth [are] the teeth of a lyon, and he [hath] the cheeke-teeth of a great lyon. Joel 1:7 He hath laide my vine waste: and barked my figge-tree: hee hath made it cleane bare, and cast [it] away, the branches thereof are made white.
and to mourn.
Joel 1:8 Lament like a virgine girded with sackecloth for the husband of her youth. Joel 1:9 The meate offring and the drinke offering is cut off from the house of the LORD, the Priestes the LORDS ministers mourne. Joel 1:10 The field is wasted, the lande mourneth; for the corne is wasted: the new wine is dried vp, the oyle languisheth. Joel 1:11 Be yee ashamed, O yee husbandmen: howle, O yee vine-dressers, for the wheate and for the barley; because the haruest of the field is perished. Joel 1:12 The vine is dried vp, and the figgetree languisheth, the pomegranate tree, the palme tree also and the apple tree, [euen] all the trees of the field are withered: because ioy is withered away from the sonnes of men. Joel 1:13 Gird your selues, and lament, yee Priests: howle, ye ministers of the Altar: come, lie all night in sackecloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drinke offering is withholden from the house of your God.
He prescribeth a fast for complaint.
Joel 1:14 Sanctifie yee a fast: call a solemne assembly: gather the Elders, [and] all the inhabitants of the land [into] the house of the LORD your God, and cry vnto the LORD: Joel 1:15 Alas for the day: for the day of the LORD [is] at hand, and as a destruction from the Almightie shall it come. Joel 1:16 Is not the meate cut off before your eyes, [yea] ioy and gladnesse from the house of our God? Joel 1:17 The seede is rotten vnder their clods: the garners are laide desolate: the barnes are broken downe, for the corne is withered. Joel 1:18 How doe the beastes grone? the heards of cattell are perplexed, because they haue no pasture, yea the flockes of sheepe are made desolate. Joel 1:19 O LORD, to thee will I crie: for the fire hath deuoured the pastures of the wildernesse, and the flame hath burnt all the trees of the field. Joel 1:20 The beasts of the field crie also vnto thee: for the riuers of waters are dried vp, and the fire hath deuoured the pastures of the wildernesse.