And listen, all you inhabitants of the land.
Has this ever happened in your days,
or in the days of your fathers?
and have your children tell their children,
and their children, another generation.
the great locust has eaten.
What the great locust has left,
the grasshopper has eaten.
What the grasshopper has left,
the caterpillar has eaten.
Wail, all you drinkers of wine,
because of the sweet wine,
for it is cut off from your mouth.
strong, and without number.
His teeth are the teeth of a lion,
and he has the fangs of a lioness.
and stripped my fig tree.
He has stripped its bark and thrown it away.
Its branches are made white.
for the husband of her youth!
from Yahweh’s house.
The priests, Yahweh’s ministers, mourn.
the land mourns,
for the grain is destroyed,
The new wine has dried up,
and the oil languishes.
Wail, you vineyard keepers,
for the wheat and for the barley,
for the harvest of the field has perished.
and the fig tree is withered;
the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree,
even all of the trees of the field are withered;
for joy has withered away from the sons of men.
Call a solemn assembly!
Gather the elders
and all the inhabitants of the land
to the house of Yahweh your God,
and cry out to Yahweh!
before our eyes;
and joy and gladness
cut off from the house of our God?
The granaries are laid desolate.
The granaries are desolate, because the grain has withered.
The herds of livestock are confused,
because they have no pasture.
Yes, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.
for the fire has devoured
the pastures of the wilderness,
and the flame has burned
all the trees of the field.
for the water brooks have dried up,
and the fire has devoured
the pastures of the wilderness.