verses 1-12, 16-20
have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 The word of the Lord that came to
Joel the son of Phatuel.
 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the
land: did this ever happen in your days, or in the days of your
fathers?  Tell ye of this to your children, and let your children
tell their children, and their children to another generation.  That
which the palmerworm hath left, the locust hath eaten: and that which
the locust hath left, the bruchus hath eaten: and that which the
bruchus hath left, the mildew hath destroyed.
 Awake, ye that are drunk, and weep, and mourn all ye that take
delight in drinking sweet wine: for it is cut off from your mouth. 
For a nation is come up upon my land, strong and without number: his
teeth are like the teeth of a lion: and his cheek teeth as of a lion's
whelp.  He hath laid my vineyard waste, and hath pilled off the bark
of my fig tree: he hath stripped it bare, and cast it away; the
branches thereof are made white.
 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her
youth.  Sacrifice and libation is cut off from the house of the
Lord: the priests, the Lord's ministers, have mourned:  The country
is destroyed, the ground hath mourned: for the corn is wasted, the wine
is confounded, the oil hath languished.
 The husbandmen are ashamed, the vinedressers have howled for the
wheat, and for the barley, because the harvest of the field is
perished.  The vineyard is confounded, and the fig tree hath
languished: the pomegranate tree, and the palm tree, and the apple
tree, and all the trees of the field are withered: because joy is
withdrawn from the children of men.
 Is not your food cut off before your eyes, joy and gladness from
the house of our God?  The beasts have rotted in their dung, the
barns are destroyed, the storehouses are broken down: because the corn
 Why did the beast groan, why did the herds of cattle low? because
there is no pasture for them: yea, and the flocks of sheep are
perished.  To thee, O Lord, will I cry: because fire hath devoured
the beautiful places of the wilderness, and the flame hath burnt all
the trees of the country.  Yea and the beasts of the field have
looked up to thee, as a garden bed that thirsteth after rain, for the
springs of waters are dried up, and fire hath devoured the beautiful
places of the wilderness.
verses 3-11, 19-27
have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Before the face thereof a devouring
fire, and behind it a burning
flame: the land is like a garden of pleasure before it, and behind it a
desolate wilderness, neither is there any one that can escape it. 
The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses, and they shall
run like horsemen.  They shall leap like the noise of chariots upon
the tops of mountains, like the noise of a flame of fire devouring the
stubble, as a strong people prepared to battle.
 At their presence the people shall be in grievous pains: all faces
shall be made like a kettle.  They shall run like valiant men: like
men of war they shall scale the wall: the men shall march every one on
his way, and they shall not turn aside from their ranks.  No one
shall press upon his brother: they shall walk every one in his path:
yea, and they shall fall through the windows, and shall take no harm.
 They shall enter into the city: they shall run upon the wall, they
shall climb up the houses, they shall come in at the windows as a thief.
 At their presence the earth hath trembled, the heavens are moved:
the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars have withdrawn their
shining.  And the Lord hath uttered his voice before the face of
his army: for his armies are exceeding great, for they are strong and
execute his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible:
and who can stand it?
 And the Lord answered and said to his people: Behold I will send
you corn, and wine, and oil, and you shall be filled with them: and I
will no more make you a reproach among the nations.
 And I will remove far off from you the northern enemy: and I will
drive him into a land unpassable, and desert, with his face towards the
east sea, and his hinder part towards the utmost sea: and his stench
shall ascend, and his rottenness shall go up, because he hath done
proudly.  Fear not, O land, be glad and rejoice: for the Lord hath
done great things.  Fear not, ye beasts of the fields: for the
beautiful places of the wilderness are sprung, for the tree hath
brought forth its fruit, the fig tree, and the vine have yielded their
 And you, O children of Sion, rejoice, and be joyful in the Lord
your God: because he hath given you a teacher of justice, and he will
make the early and the latter rain to come down to you as in the
beginning.  And the floors shall be filled with wheat, and the
presses shall overflow with wine and oil.
 And I will restore to you the ears which the locust, and the
bruchus, and the mildew, and the palmerworm have eaten; my great host
which I sent upon you.  And you shall eat in plenty, and shall be
filled: and you shall praise the name of the Lord your God, who hath
done wonders with you, and my people shall not be confounded for ever.
 And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: and I am the
Lord your God, and there is none besides: and my people shall not be
confounded for ever.
verses 1-11 have been
omitted from the Mass readings.
 For behold in those days, and in
that time when I shall bring back
the captivity of Juda and Jerusalem:  I will gather together all
nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Josaphat: and I
will plead with them there for my people, and for my inheritance
Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and have parted my
land.  And they have cast lots upon my people: and the boy they have
put in the stews, and the girl they have sold for wine, that they might
 But what have you to do with me, O Tyre, and Sidon, and all the
coast of the Philistines? will you revenge yourselves on me? and if you
revenge yourselves on me, I will very soon return you a recompense upon
your own head.  For you have taken away my silver and my gold: and
my desirable and most beautiful things you have carried into your
temples.  And the children of Juda, and the children of Jerusalem
you have sold to the children of the Greeks, that you might remove them
far off from their own country.
 Behold, I will raise them up out of the place wherein you have sold
them: and I will return your recompense upon your own heads.  And I
will sell your sons, and your daughters by the hands of the children of
Juda, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, a nation far off, for
the Lord hath spoken it.
 Proclaim ye this among the nations: prepare war, rouse up the
strong: let them come, let all the men of war come up.  Cut your
ploughshares into swords, and your spades into spears. Let the weak
say: I am strong.  Break forth, and come, all ye nations, from
round about, and gather yourselves together: there will the Lord cause
all thy strong ones to fall down.