The Geneva Bible 1587 Edition
one of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into the English language,
preceding the King James translation by 51 years.
E. C. Marsh
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1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. The Argument - The Prophet Joel first rebukes those of Judah, that being now punished with a great plague of famine, still remain obstinate. Secondly, he threatens greater plagues, because they grow daily to a more hardness of heart and rebellion against God in spite of his punishments. Thirdly, he exhorts them to repentance, showing that it must be earnest, and proceed from the heart, because they had grievously offended God. And in doing this, Joel promises that God will be merciful, and not forget his covenant that he made with their fathers, but will send his Christ, who will gather the scattered sheep, and restore them to life and liberty, even though they seem to be dead.
2 Hear this, ye Signifying the princes, the priests, and the governors. old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath He calls the Jews to the consideration of God's judgments, who had now plagued the fruits of the ground for the space of four years, which was because of their sins, and to call them to repentance. this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?
3 Tell you your children of it, and let your children shew to their children, and their children to another generation.
4 That which is left of ye palmer worme, hath the grashopper eaten, & the residue of ye grashopper hath the canker worme eaten, and the residue of the canker worme hath the caterpiller eaten.
5 Awake, ye Meaning, that the reason for their excess and drunkenness was taken away. drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.
6 For This was another plague with which God had punished them when he stirred up the Assyrians against them. 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.
7 He maketh my vine waste, & pilleth off the barke of my figge tree: he maketh it bare, and casteth it downe: ye branches therof are made white.
8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the Mourn grievously as a woman who has lost her husband, to whom she has been married in her youth. husband of her youth.
9 The meat offering and the drink offering is The signs of God's wrath appeared in his temple, in so much that God's service was discontinued. cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD'S ministers, mourn.
10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: All comfort and substance for nourishment is taken away. the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.
11 Be ye ashamed, O husband men: howle, O ye vine dressers for the wheate, and for the barly, because the haruest of the fielde is perished.
12 The vine is dried vp, and the figge tree is decayed: the pomegranate tree & the palme tree, and the apple tree, euen all the trees of the fielde are withered: surely the ioy is withered away from the sonnes of men.
13 He shows that the only means to avoid God's wrath, and to have all things restored, is true repentance. Gird 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.
14 Sanctifie you a fast: call a solemne assemblie: gather the Elders, and all the inhabitants of the land into the House of the Lorde your God, and cry vnto the Lord,
15 Alas for the day! for the We see by these great plagues that utter destruction is at hand. day of the LORD [is] at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
16 Is not the meate cut off before our eyes? & ioy, and gladnesse from the house of our God?
17 The seede is rotten vnder their cloddes: the garners are destroyed: the barnes are broken downe, for the corne is withered.
18 How did the beasts mourne! the herdes of cattel pine away, because they haue no pasture, & the flockes of sheepe are destroyed.
19 O Lord, to thee will I crie: for the fire hath deuoured the pastures of the wildernesse, and the flame hath burnt vp all the trees of the fielde.
20 The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the That is, drought. fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.Presented by The Common Man's Prospective. Copyright© 1999-2012 Ernest C. Marsh