To Our Forefathers Yisrael
1 The Word of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 that came to Yoel the son of Pethu-El.
2 Hear this, you old men and give ear, all you inhabitants of eretz Yisrael. Has this been in your yamim, or even in the yamim of your ahvot?
3 Tell your children of it and let your children tell their children and their children another generation.
4 That which the gnawing locust has left the swarming locust has eaten; and that which the swarming locust has left the crawling locust has eaten; and that which the crawling locust has left the consuming locust has eaten.
5 Awake, you drunkards and weep; and wail, all you drinkers of wine because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.
6 For a nation is come up upon My land, strong and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion and he has the fangs of a great lion.
7 He has laid My vine waste and splintered My fig eytz: he has made it clean bare and cast it away; the branches of it are made white.
8 Wail like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.
9 The grain offering and the drink offering is cut off from the Bayit of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄; the kohanim, 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄’s avadim, mourn.
10 The field is ravaged, the land mourns; for the grain is ruined: the new wine is dried up, the oil fails.
11 Be you ashamed, O you farmers; wail, O you vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.
12 The vine is dried up and the fig eytz droops; the pomegranate eytz, the palm eytz also and the apple eytz, even all the eytzim of the field, are withered: because simcha is withered away from the sons of men.
13 Gird yourselves and lament, you kohanim: wail, you avadim of the altar: come, lie all lyla in sackcloth, you avadim of my Ahlohim: for the grain offering and the drink offering is withheld from the Bayit of your Ahlohim.
14 Set Apart a fast, call a miqra kodesh, gather the zechanim and all the inhabitants of eretz Yisrael into the Bayit of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 your Ahlohim and cry out to 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄;
15 Oy! For the yom! For Yom 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 is at hand and as destruction from The Almighty shall it come.
16 Is not the grain cut off before our eyes, yes, simcha and gilah from the Bayit of our Ahlohim ?
17 The zera is rotten under their clods, the storehouses are laid desolate and the barns are broken down; for the grain is withered.
18 How do the beasts groan! The herds of cattle are perplexed because they have no pasture; yes, the flocks of sheep also perish.
19 O 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, to You will I cry: for the fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness and the flame has burned all the eytzim of the field.
20 The beasts of the field cry also to You: for the rivers of mayim have dried up and the fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.
2 Blow the shofar in Tzion and sound an alarm in My kadosh har: let all the inhabitants of eretz Yisrael tremble: for Yom 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 comes, for it is near at hand;
2 A yom of darkness and of gloominess, a yom of clouds and of thick darkness, as the boker dew upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there has not been anything ever the like, neither shall there be anymore after it, even to the years of many generations.
3 A fire devours in front of them; and behind them a flame burns: eretz Yisrael is as the Gan Ayden before them and behind them a desolate wilderness; yes and nothing shall escape from them.
4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.
5 Like the noise of mirkavot on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devours stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
6 Before their face the people shall be pained: all faces shall gather blackness.
7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one in his derachot and they shall not break their ranks:
8 Neither shall one press another; they shall walk every one in his derech: and when they fall from the weight of their armor, they shall not be trampled.
9 They shall rush on the city; they shall run on the wall, they shall climb up on the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.
10 The earth shall quake before them; the shamayim shall tremble: the shemesh and the yarayach shall be darkened and the cochavim shall withdraw their shining:
11 And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 shall utter His voice before His army: for His camp is very great: for He is strong that executes His Word: for Yom 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 is great and very terrible; and who can survive it?
12 Therefore also now, says 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 teshuvah to Me with all your lev and with fasting and with weeping and with mourning:
13 And tear your lev and not your garments and turn to 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 your Ahlohim: for He is full of unmerited chen and rachamim, slow to anger and of great chesed and relents from evil.
14 Who knows if mankind will turn and relent and leave a bracha behind him; even a grain offering and a drink offering to 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 your Ahlohim ?
15 Blow the shofar in Tzion, set apart a fast and call a miqra kodesh:
16 Gather the people, set apart the kehilla, assemble the zechanim, gather the children and those that nurse: let the bridegroom go forth from his chamber and the bride out of her closet.
17 Let the kohanim, the avadim of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, weep between the porch and the altar and let them say, Spare Your people, O 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 and give not Your heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: why should they say among the peoples, Where is their Ahlohim ?
18 Then will 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 be zealous for eretz Yisrael and pity His people.
19 Yes,𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 will answer and say to His people, Behold, I will send you grain and wine and oil and you shall be satisfied by them: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:
20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea and his rear toward the western sea and his stink shall come up and his smell shall come up because he has boasted to do great things.
21 Fear not, O eretz Yisrael; be in gilah and simcha: for 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 will do great things.
22 Be not afraid, you beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring forth, for the eytz bears her fruit, the fig eytz and the vine do yield their strength.
23 Gilah then, you children of Tzion and simcha in 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 your Ahlohim: for He has given you the former rain moderately and He will cause the rain to come down for you, the former rain and the latter rain as before.
24 And the floors shall be full of wheat and the pots shall overflow with wine and oil.
25 And I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust and the consuming locust and the gnawing locust, My great army that I sent among you.
26 And you shall eat in plenty and be satisfied and give hallel to the Name of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 your Ahlohim that has dealt wondrously with you: and My people shall never be put to shame.
27 And you shall know that I AM in the midst of Yisrael and that I AM 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 your Ahlohim and there is no one else: and My people shall never be put to shame.
28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Ruach upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29 And also upon the avadim and upon the female avadim in those yamim will I pour out My Ruach.
30 And I will show wonders in the shamayim and on the earth, dahm and fire and pillars of smoke.
31 The shemesh shall be turned into darkness and the yarayach into dahm, before the great and the terrible Yom 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 comes.
32 And it shall come to pass, that whoever shall call on the Name of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 shall be delivered: for in Har Tzion and in Yahrushalayim shall be deliverance and escape, as 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has said and among the remnant survivors whom 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 shall call.
3 For, behold, in those yamim and in that time, when I shall turn back the captivity of Yahudah and Yahrushalayim,
2 I will also gather all goyim and will bring them down into the Valley of Yahushaphat and will plead and enter mishpat with them there for My people and for My heritage Yisrael, whom they have scattered among the goyim and parted My land.
3 And they have cast lots for My people; and have given a boy for a harlot and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.
4 Yes and what have you to do with Me, O Tsor and Tzidon and all the coasts of Philistia? Will you render Me a pay back? And if you pay Me back, swiftly and speedily will I not return your pay back upon your own head;
5 Because you have taken My silver and My gold and have carried them into your temples:
6 The children also of Yahudah and the children of Yahrushalayim have you sold to the Greeks, that you might remove them far from their border.
7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place where you have sold them, and will return upon your own head what you have done:
8 And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Yahudah and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has spoken it.
9 Proclaim this among the goyim; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:
10 Beat your ploughshares into swords and your pruning-hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
11 Assemble yourselves and come, all you heathen and gather yourselves together all around 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, who will break your might there. Cause your mighty ones to come down with you.
12 Let the heathen be awakened and come up to the Valley of Yahushaphat for there will I sit to judge all the heathen on every side.
13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get down; for the winepress is full, the pots overflow; for their wickedness is great.
14 Multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of Decision: for Yom 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 is near in the Valley of Decision.
15 The shemesh and the yarayach shall be darkened and the cochavim shall withdraw their shining.
16 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 also shall roar out of Tzion and utter His voice from Yahrushalayim; and the shamayim and the earth shall shake: but 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 will be the tikvah of His people and the strength of the children of Yisrael.
17 So shall you know that I AM 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 your Ahlohim dwelling in Tzion, My kadosh har: then shall Yahrushalayim be kadosh and there shall no gerim pass through her anymore.
18 And it shall come to pass in that yom, that the mountains shall drop down new wine; and the hills shall flow with milk; and all the rivers of Yahudah shall flow with mayim; and a fountain shall come forth from the Bayit of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 and shall bring mayim to the Valley of Shittim.
19 Mitzrayim shall be a desolation and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Yahudah because they have shed innocent dahm in their land.
20 But Yahudah shall dwell le-olam-va-ed and Yahrushalayim from generation to generation.
21 For I will avenge their dahm that I have not avenged and will not absolve the offenders: for 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 dwells in Tzion. Ahmein.