The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan
The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan
English Standard Version (ESV)
1:1 The word of the Lord that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel: 2 Hear this, you elders; 4 What the cutting locust left, 5 Awake, you drunkards, and weep, 8 Lament like a virgin wearing sackcloth 11 Be ashamed, O tillers of the soil; 13 Put on sackcloth and lament, O priests; 14 Consecrate a fast; 15 Alas for the day! 17 The seed shrivels under the clods; 19 To you, O Lord, I call.
give ear, all inhabitants of the land!
Has such a thing happened in your days,
or in the days of your fathers?
3 Tell your children of it,
and let your children tell their children,
and their children to another generation.
the swarming locust has eaten.
What the swarming locust left,
the hopping locust has eaten,
and what the hopping locust left,
the destroying locust has eaten.
and wail, all you drinkers of wine,
because of the sweet wine,
for it is cut off from your mouth.
6 For a nation has come up against my land,
powerful and beyond number;
its teeth are lions' teeth,
and it has the fangs of a lioness.
7 It has laid waste my vine
and splintered my fig tree;
it has stripped off their bark and thrown it down;
their branches are made white.
for the bridegroom of her youth.
9 The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off
from the house of the Lord.
The priests mourn,
the ministers of the Lord.
10 The fields are destroyed,
the ground mourns,
because the grain is destroyed,
the wine dries up,
the oil languishes.
wail, O vinedressers,
for the wheat and the barley,
because the harvest of the field has perished.
12 The vine dries up;
the fig tree languishes.
Pomegranate, palm, and apple,
all the trees of the field are dried up,
and gladness dries up
from the children of man.
wail, O ministers of the altar.
Go in, pass the night in sackcloth,
O ministers of my God!
Because grain offering and drink offering
are withheld from the house of your God.
call a solemn assembly.
Gather the elders
and all the inhabitants of the land
to the house of the Lord your God,
and cry out to the Lord.
For the day of the Lord is near,
and as destruction from the Almighty it comes.
16 Is not the food cut off
before our eyes,
joy and gladness
from the house of our God?
the storehouses are desolate;
the granaries are torn down
because the grain has dried up.
18 How the beasts groan!
The herds of cattle are perplexed
because there is no pasture for them;
even the flocks of sheep suffer.
For fire has devoured
the pastures of the wilderness,
and flame has burned
all the trees of the field.
20 Even the beasts of the field pant for you
because the water brooks are dried up,
and fire has devoured
the pastures of the wilderness.
1:1 The word of the Lord that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel:
2 Hear this, you elders;
4 What the cutting locust left,
5 Awake, you drunkards, and weep,
8 Lament like a virgin wearing sackcloth
11 Be ashamed, O tillers of the soil;
13 Put on sackcloth and lament, O priests;
14 Consecrate a fast;
15 Alas for the day!
17 The seed shrivels under the clods;
19 To you, O Lord, I call.
King James Version (KJV)
1The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.2Hear 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?3Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.4That 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 caterpillar eaten.5Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine, for it is cut off from your mouth.6For 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.7He 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.8Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.9The meat 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 mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.11Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.12The 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.13Gird 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.14Sanctify 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.15Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.16Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, 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; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.19O 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.20The 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.
Study Journal Questions
- What happened to the land of Israel?
- What conditions did the people face in Israel?
- How did Joel lead the priests in mourning?
- How do you respond to hardship and trials?
Encourage someone who has sinned too mourn over their wrong doing.