Joel 1:17
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English Standard Version
The seed shrivels under the clods; the storehouses are desolate; the granaries are torn down because the grain has dried up.

King James Bible
The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.

American Standard Version
The seeds rot under their clods; the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the grain is withered.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The beasts have rotted in their dung, the barns are destroyed, the storehouses are broken down: because the corn is confounded.

English Revised Version
The seeds rot under their clods; the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.

Webster's Bible Translation
The seed hath perished under their clods, the granaries are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Israel, moreover, will not be able to avert the threatening judgment by sacrifices. Jehovah will withdraw from the faithless generation, and visit it with His judgments. This is the train of thought in the next strophe (Hosea 5:6-10). Hosea 5:6. "They will go with their sheep and their oxen to seek Jehovah, and will not find Him: He has withdrawn Himself from them. Hosea 5:7. They acted treacherously against Jehovah, for they have born strange children: now will the new moon devour them with their fields." The offering of sacrifices will be no help to them, because God has withdrawn Himself from them, and does not hear their prayers; for God has no pleasure in sacrifices which are offered in an impenitent state of mind (cf. Hosea 6:6; Isaiah 1:11.; Jeremiah 7:21.; Psalm 50:7, Psalm 50:8.). The reason for this is given in Hosea 5:7. Bâgad, to act faithlessly, which is frequently applied to the infidelity of a wife towards her husband (e.g., Jeremiah 3:20; Malachi 2:14; cf. Exodus 21:8), points to the conjugal relation in which Israel stood to Jehovah. Hence the figure which follows. "Strange children" are such as do not belong to the home (Deuteronomy 25:5), i.e., such as have not sprung from the conjugal union. In actual fact, the expression is equivalent to בּני זנוּנים in Hosea 1:2; Hosea 2:4, though zâr does not expressly mean "adulterous." Israel ought to have begotten children of God in the maintenance of the covenant with the Lord; but in its apostasy from God it had begotten an adulterous generation, children whom the Lord could not acknowledge as His own. "The new moon will devour them," viz., those who act so faithlessly. the meaning is not, "they will be destroyed on the next new moon;" but the new moon, as the festal season, on which sacrifices were offered (1 Samuel 20:6, 1 Samuel 20:29; Isaiah 1:13-14), stands here for the sacrifices themselves that were offered upon it. The meaning is this: your sacrificial feast, your hypocritical worship, so far from bringing you salvation, will rather prove your sin. חלקיהם are not sacrificial portions, but the hereditary portions of Israel, the portions of land that fell to the different families and households, and from the produce of which they offered sacrifices to the Lord.

(Note: It is very evident from this verse, that the feasts and the worship prescribed in the Mosaic law were observed in the kingdom of the ten tribes, at the places of worship in Bethel and Dan.)

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seed. Heb. grains.

Genesis 23:16 And Abraham listened to Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth...

Cross References
Matthew 6:26
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Isaiah 17:10
For you have forgotten the God of your salvation and have not remembered the Rock of your refuge; therefore, though you plant pleasant plants and sow the vine-branch of a stranger,

Isaiah 17:11
though you make them grow on the day that you plant them, and make them blossom in the morning that you sow, yet the harvest will flee away in a day of grief and incurable pain.

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