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13 Wield the sickle,(A)
    for the harvest is ripe;
Come and tread,
    for the wine press is full;
The vats overflow,
    for their crimes are numerous.[a]

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  1. 4:13 Their crimes are numerous: the nations are ripe for punishment. Joel uses the vocabulary of the autumn grape harvest to describe the assault of the Lord’s army against these nations. In Is 63:1–6, grape harvest imagery also controls the description of the Lord’s return from Edom with blood-spattered clothing after having trod his enemies into the ground as if they were grapes (cf. Jer 25:30).

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