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And their women with child shall be ripped up.
2Return, O Israel, unto the Lord thy God;
For thou hast stumbled in thine iniquity.
3Take with you words,
And return unto the Lord;
Say unto Him: 'Forgive all iniquity,
And accept that which is good;
So will we render for bullocks the offering of our lips.
4Asshur shall not save us;
We will not ride upon horses;
Neither will we call any more the work of our hands our gods;
For in Thee the fatherless findeth mercy.'
5I will heal their backsliding,
I will love them freely;
For Mine anger is turned away from him.
6I will be as the dew unto Israel;
He shall blossom as the lily,
And cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
7His branches shall spread,
And his beauty shall be as the olive-tree,
And his fragrance as Lebanon.
8They that dwell under his shadow shall again
Make corn to grow,
And shall blossom as the vine;
The scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
9Ephraim [shall say]:
'What have I to do any more with idols?'
As for Me, I respond and look on him;
I am like a leafy cypress-tree;
From Me is thy fruit found.
10Whoso is wise, let him understand these things,
Whoso is prudent, let him know them.
For the ways of the Lord are right,
And the just do walk in them;
But transgressors do stumble therein.



1The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.

2Hear this, ye old men,
And give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land.
Hath this been in your days,
Or in the days of your fathers?
3Tell ye your children of it,
And let your children tell their children,
And their children another generation.
4That which the palmer-worm hath left hath the locust eaten;
And that which the locust hath left hath the canker-worm eaten;
And that which the canker-worm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.
5Awake, ye drunkards, and weep,
And wail, all ye drinkers of wine,
Because of the sweet wine,
For it is cut off from your mouth.
6For a people is come up upon my land,