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.

It has (A)made my vine a waste
And my fig tree [a]splinters.
It has stripped them bare and cast them away;
Their branches have become white.

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Footnotes

  1. Joel 1:7 Or a stump

It has laid waste(A) my vines
    and ruined my fig trees.(B)
It has stripped off their bark
    and thrown it away,
    leaving their branches white.

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Warning Through Visions

Thus the Lord [a]God showed me, and behold, He was forming a (A)locust-swarm [b]when the spring crop began to sprout. And behold, the spring crop was after the king’s [c]mowing. And it came about, [d]when it had (B)finished eating the vegetation of the land, that I said,

(C)Lord God, please pardon!
[e]How can Jacob stand,
For he is (D)small?”

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Footnotes

  1. Amos 7:1 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord, and so throughout the ch
  2. Amos 7:1 Lit at the beginning of the coming up of
  3. Amos 7:1 Or shearings
  4. Amos 7:2 Lit if
  5. Amos 7:2 Lit As who

Locusts, Fire and a Plumb Line

This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me:(A) He was preparing swarms of locusts(B) after the king’s share had been harvested and just as the late crops were coming up. When they had stripped the land clean,(C) I cried out, “Sovereign Lord, forgive! How can Jacob survive?(D) He is so small!(E)

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