Joel 2:18-27

The Lord's answer

18 Then the Lord will be careful for his land.

He will be kind to his people.

19 He will answer them and he will say,

‘I am giving you new wine and food and oil.

You will have enough to fill you up.

I will never again let people in other countries laugh about you.

20 I will send the army from the north far from you.

I will push it into empty land where nothing grows.

I will make the front of it go into the sea on the east.

And I will make the back of it go into the sea on the west.

I will make its smell rise up high

because it has done great things.’

21 Do not be afraid, my own land!

Be very happy.

Be sure that the Lord has done great things.

22 Do not be afraid, wild animals.

The fields in the wilderness are becoming green.

Fruit is growing on the trees.

The fig tree and the vine are giving much fruit.

23 Shout with joy, people in Zion!

Be very happy because of the things that the Lord your God has done.

He has given you just enough autumn rain.

He has given you the winter rain,

and the summer rain, as before.

24 He will fill your stores with seeds to make bread.

And he will fill your jars with new wine and oil.

25 ‘I will give you back the years that the locusts have eaten.

I will give you all that the great locust and the young locust,

and other locusts and their groups have eaten.

All that my great army has eaten I will give you.

2:25The Lord will give back to his people as much food as the locusts had eaten.

26 You will have plenty to eat. You will be full.

You will praise the name of the Lord your God.

He has done great things for you.

My people will never again be ashamed.

27 Then you will know that I am in Israel.

You will know that I am the Lord your God.

And you will know that there is no other God.

My people will never again be ashamed.’