Joel 1:8
8Wail like a virgin girded with sackcloth
         For the bridegroom of her youth.

9The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off
         From the house of the LORD.
         The priests mourn,
         The ministers of the LORD.

10The field is ruined,
         The land mourns;
         For the grain is ruined,
         The new wine dries up,
         Fresh oil fails.

11Be ashamed, O farmers,
         Wail, O vinedressers,
         For the wheat and the barley;
         Because the harvest of the field is destroyed.

12The vine dries up
         And the fig tree fails;
         The pomegranate, the palm also, and the apple tree,
         All the trees of the field dry up.
         Indeed, rejoicing dries up
         From the sons of men.

13Gird yourselves with sackcloth
         And lament, O priests;
         Wail, O ministers of the altar!
         Come, 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.

Starvation and Drought

14Consecrate a fast,
         Proclaim 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.

15Alas for the day!
         For the day of the LORD is near,
         And it will come as destruction from the Almighty.

16Has not food been cut off before our eyes,
         Gladness and joy from the house of our God?

17The seeds shrivel under their clods;
         The storehouses are desolate,
         The barns are torn down,
         For the grain is dried up.

18How the beasts groan!
         The herds of cattle wander aimlessly
         Because there is no pasture for them;
         Even the flocks of sheep suffer.

19To You, O LORD, I cry;
         For 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 pant for You;
         For the water brooks are dried up
         And fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

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Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

Darby Bible Translation
Wail like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

English Revised Version
Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

World English Bible
Mourn like a virgin dressed in sackcloth for the husband of her youth!

Young's Literal Translation
Wail, as a virgin girdeth with sackcloth, For the husband of her youth.
Grace Before Meat.
O most gracious God, and loving Father, who feedest all creatures living, which depend upon thy divine providence, we beseech thee, sanctify these creatures, which thou hast ordained for us; give them virtue to nourish our bodies in life and health; and give us grace to receive them soberly and thankfully, as from thy hands; that so, in the strength of these and thy other blessings, we may walk in the uprightness of our hearts, before thy face, this day, and all the days of our lives, through Jesus
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

The Redeemer's Return is Necessitated by the Lamentation of all Creation.
The effects of the Fall have been far-reaching--"By one man sin entered the world"(Rom. 5:12). Not only was the entire human family involved but the whole "Kosmos" was affected. When Adam and Eve sinned, God not only pronounced sentence upon them and the Serpent but He cursed the ground as well--"And unto Adam He said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it, Cursed is the ground for thy sake;
Arthur W. Pink—The Redeemer's Return

The Prophet Joel.
PRELIMINARY REMARKS. The position which has been assigned to Joel in the collection of the Minor Prophets, furnishes an external argument for the determination of the time at which Joel wrote. There cannot be any doubt that the Collectors were guided by a consideration of the chronology. The circumstance, that they placed the prophecies of Joel just between the two prophets who, according to the inscriptions and contents of their prophecies, belonged to the time of Jeroboam and Uzziah, is
Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg—Christology of the Old Testament

Visions of Future Glory
In the darkest days of her long conflict with evil, the church of God has been given revelations of the eternal purpose of Jehovah. His people have been permitted to look beyond the trials of the present to the triumphs of the future, when, the warfare having been accomplished, the redeemed will enter into possession of the promised land. These visions of future glory, scenes pictured by the hand of God, should be dear to His church today, when the controversy of the ages is rapidly closing and the
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Of a Private Fast.
That we may rightly perform a private fast, four things are to be observed:--First, The author; Secondly, The time and occasion; Thirdly, The manner; Fourthly, The ends of private fasting. 1. Of the Author. The first that ordained fasting was God himself in paradise; and it was the first law that God made, in commanding Adam to abstain from eating the forbidden fruit. God would not pronounce nor write his law without fasting (Lev. xxiii), and in his law commands all his people to fast. So does our
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

Of the Public Fast.
A public fast is when, by the authority of the magistrate (Jonah iii. 7; 2 Chron. xx. 3; Ezra viii. 21), either the whole church within his dominion, or some special congregation, whom it concerneth, assemble themselves together, to perform the fore-mentioned duties of humiliation; either for the removing of some public calamity threatened or already inflicted upon them, as the sword, invasion, famine, pestilence, or other fearful sickness (1 Sam. vii. 5, 6; Joel ii. 15; 2 Chron. xx.; Jonah iii.
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

The Unseen Watcher
[This chapter is based on Daniel 5.] Toward the close of Daniel's life great changes were taking place in the land to which, over threescore years before, he and his Hebrew companions had been carried captive. Nebuchadnezzar, "the terrible of the nations" (Ezekiel 28:7), had died, and Babylon, "the praise of the whole earth" (Jeremiah 51:41), had passed under the unwise rule of his successors, and gradual but sure dissolution was resulting. Through the folly and weakness of Belshazzar, the grandson
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

The book of Joel admirably illustrates the intimate connection which subsisted for the prophetic mind between the sorrows and disasters of the present and the coming day of Jehovah: the one is the immediate harbinger of the other. In an unusually devastating plague of locusts, which, like an army of the Lord,[1] has stripped the land bare and brought misery alike upon city and country, man and beast--"for the beasts of the field look up sighing unto Thee," i. 20--the prophet sees the forerunner of
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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