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Song of Solomon
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1 Jehovah’s word that came to Joel, the son of
2 Hear this, you elders,
And listen, all you inhabitants of the land.
Has this ever happened in your days,
or in the days of your fathers?
3 Tell your children about it,
and have your children tell their children,
and their children, another generation.
4 What the swarming locust has left, the great
locust has eaten.
What the great locust has left, the grasshopper has
What the grasshopper has left, the caterpillar has
5 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep!
Wail, all you drinkers of wine, because of the sweet
for it is cut off from your mouth.
6 For a nation has come up on my land, strong,
and without number.
His teeth are the teeth of a lion,
and he has the fangs of a lioness.
7 He has laid my vine waste,
and stripped my fig tree.
He has stripped its bark, and thrown it away.
Its branches are made white.
8 Mourn like a virgin dressed in sackcloth for
the husband of her youth! 9 The meal offering and the drink offering are
cut off from Jehovah’s house.
The priests, Jehovah’s ministers, mourn.
10 The field is laid waste.
The land mourns, for the grain is destroyed,
The new wine has dried up,
and the oil languishes.
11 Be confounded, you farmers!
Wail, you vineyard keepers;
for the wheat and for the barley;
for the harvest of the field has perished.
12 The vine has dried up, and the fig tree
the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the
even all of the trees of the field are withered;
for joy has withered away from the sons of men.
13 Put on sackcloth and mourn, you priests!
Wail, you ministers of the altar.
Come, lie all night in sackcloth, you ministers of my
for the meal offering and the drink offering are
withheld from your God’s house.
14 Sanctify a fast.
Call a solemn assembly.
Gather the elders,
and all the inhabitants of the land, to the house of Jehovah,
and cry to Jehovah.
15 Alas for the day!
For the day of Jehovah is at hand,
and it will come as destruction from the Almighty.
16 Isn’t the food cut off before our eyes;
joy and gladness from the house of our God?
17 The seeds rot under their clods.
The granaries are laid desolate.
The barns are broken down, for the grain has withered.
18 How the animals groan!
The herds of livestock are perplexed, because they
have no pasture.
Yes, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.
19 Jehovah, I cry to you,
for the fire has devoured the pastures of the
and the flame has burned all the trees of the field.
20 Yes, the animals of the field pant to you,
for the water brooks have dried up,
and the fire has devoured the pastures of the
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