Joel, declaring sundry judgments of God, exhorteth to observe them,
Joel 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. Joel 1:2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or in the days 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 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. Joel 1:5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the sweet wine; for it is cut off from your mouth. Joel 1:6 For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number; his teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the jaw teeth of a great lion. Joel 1:7 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.
and to mourn.
Joel 1:8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth. Joel 1:9 The meal offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD'S ministers, mourn. Joel 1:10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted, the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. Joel 1:11 Be ashamed, O ye husbandmen, howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; for the harvest of the field is perished. Joel 1:12 The vine is withered, 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: for joy is withered away from the sons of men. Joel 1:13 Gird yourselves [with sackcloth], and lament, ye priests; howl, ye ministers of the altar; come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meal offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.
He prescribeth a fast for complaint.
Joel 1:14 Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the old men [and] all the inhabitants of the land unto the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD. Joel 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as destruction from the Almighty shall it come, Joel 1:16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, [yea], joy and gladness from the house of our God? Joel 1:17 The seeds rot under their clods; the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. Joel 1:18 How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. Joel 1:19 O LORD, to thee do I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. Joel 1:20 Yea, the beasts of the field pant unto thee: for the water brooks are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.