What the (A)gnawing locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten;
And what the (B)swarming locust has left, the creeping locust has eaten;
And what the creeping locust has left, the (C)stripping locust has eaten.

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What the locust(A) swarm has left
    the great locusts have eaten;
what the great locusts have left
    the young locusts have eaten;
what the young locusts have left(B)
    other locusts[a] have eaten.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Joel 1:4 The precise meaning of the four Hebrew words used here for locusts is uncertain.

“I (A)smote you with scorching wind and mildew;
And the (B)caterpillar was devouring
Your many gardens and vineyards, fig trees and olive trees;
Yet you have (C)not returned to Me,” declares the Lord.

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“Many times I struck your gardens and vineyards,
    destroying them with blight and mildew.(A)
Locusts(B) devoured your fig and olive trees,(C)
    yet you have not returned(D) to me,”
declares the Lord.

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15 There (A)fire will consume you,
The sword will cut you down;
It will (B)consume you as the locust does.
Multiply yourself like the creeping locust,
Multiply yourself like the swarming locust.

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15 There the fire(A) will consume you;
    the sword(B) will cut you down—
    they will devour you like a swarm of locusts.
Multiply like grasshoppers,
    multiply like locusts!(C)

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