1The (A)word of the LORD that came to (B)Joel, the son of Pethuel:
2(C)Hear this, O (D)elders,
And listen, all inhabitants of the land
(E)Has anything like this happened in your days
Or in your fathers' days?
3(F)Tell your sons about it,
And let your sons tell their sons,
And their sons the next generation.
4What the (G)gnawing locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten;
And what the (H)swarming locust has left, the creeping locust has eaten;
And what the creeping locust has left, the (I)stripping locust has eaten.
5Awake, (J)drunkards, and weep;
And wail, all you wine drinkers,
On account of the sweet wine
That is (K)cut off from your mouth.
6For a (L)nation has invaded my land,
Mighty and without number;
(M)Its teeth are the teeth of a lion,
And it has the fangs of a lioness.
7It has (N)made my vine a waste
And my fig tree splinters.
It has stripped them bare and cast them away;
Their branches have become white.
8(O)Wail like a virgin (P)girded with sackcloth
For the bridegroom of her youth.
9The (Q)grain offering and the drink offering are cut off
From the house of the LORD
The (R)priests mourn,
The ministers of the LORD.
10The field is (S)ruined,
(T)The land mourns;
For the grain is ruined,
The new wine dries up,
Fresh oil fails.
11(U)Be ashamed, O farmers,
Wail, O vinedressers,
For the wheat and the barley;
Because the (V)harvest of the field is destroyed.
12The (W)vine dries up
And the fig tree fails;
The (X)pomegranate, the (Y)palm also, and the (Z)apple tree,
All the trees of the field dry up
Indeed, (AA)rejoicing dries up
From the sons of men.
13(AB)Gird yourselves with sackcloth
And lament, O priests;
(AC)Wail, O ministers of the altar!
Come, (AD)spend the night in sackcloth
O ministers of my God,
For the grain offering and the drink offering
Are withheld from the house of your God.
14(AE)Consecrate a fast,
Proclaim a (AF)solemn assembly;
Gather the elders
And all the inhabitants of the land
To the house of the LORD your God,
And (AG)cry out to the LORD.
15(AH)Alas for the day!
For the (AI)day of the LORD is near,
And it will come as (AJ)destruction from the Almighty.
16Has not (AK)food been cut off before our eyes,
Gladness and (AL)joy from the house of our God?
17The (AM)seeds shrivel under their clods;
The storehouses are desolate,
The barns are torn down,
For the grain is dried up.
18How (AN)the beasts groan!
The herds of cattle wander aimlessly
Because there is no pasture for them;
Even the flocks of sheep suffer.
19(AO)To You, O LORD, I cry;
For (AP)fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness
And the flame has burned up all the trees of the field.
20Even the beasts of the field (AQ)pant for You;
For the (AR)water brooks are dried up
And fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.
1Brethren, my heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.2For I testify about them that they have (A)a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3For not knowing about (B)God's righteousness and (C)seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. 4For (D)Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to (E)everyone who believes. 5For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law (F)shall live by that righteousness. 6But (G)the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: "(H)DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, 'WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?' (that is, to bring Christ down), 7or 'WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE (I)ABYSS?' (that is, to (J)bring Christ up from the dead)." 8But what does it say? "(K)THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART"--that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9that (L)if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and (M)believe in your heart that (N)God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11For the Scripture says, "(O)WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED." 12For (P)there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is (Q)Lord of (R)all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13for "(S)WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED." 14How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him (T)whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without (U)a preacher? 15How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "(V)HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO (W)BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!" 16However, they (X)did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, "(Y)LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?" 17So faith comes from (Z)hearing, and hearing by (AA)the word of Christ. 18But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? Indeed they have;