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Joel 1:19


1:19 To you, O Lord, I call out for help, 1 

for fire 2  has burned up 3  the grassy pastures, 4 

flames have razed 5  all the trees in the fields.

Joel 2:22


2:22 Do not fear, wild animals! 6 

For the pastures of the wilderness are again green with grass.

Indeed, the trees bear their fruit;

the fig tree and the vine yield to their fullest. 7 

1 tn The phrase “for help” does not appear in the Hebrew, but is supplied in the translation for the sake of clarity.

2 sn Fire here and in v. 20 is probably not to be understood in a literal sense. The locust plague, accompanied by conditions of extreme drought, has left the countryside looking as though everything has been burned up (so also in Joel 2:3).

3 tn Heb “consumed.” This entire line is restated at the end of v. 20.

4 tn Heb “the pastures of the wilderness.”

5 tn Heb “a flame has set ablaze.” This fire was one of the effects of the drought.

6 tn Heb “beasts of the field.”

7 tn Heb “their strength.” The trees and vines will produce a maximum harvest, in contrast to the failed agricultural conditions previously described.

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