July 24 - Joel 2.18-27

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The LORD Will Bless the Land

18The LORD was deeply concerned about his land
and had pity on his people.
19In answer to their prayers he said,
"I will give you enough grain, wine, and olive oil
to satisfy your needs.
No longer will I let you be insulted by the nations.
20An army attacked from the north,
but I will chase it into a scorching desert.
There it will rot and stink
from the Dead Sea to the Mediterranean."

The LORD works wonders 21and does great things.
So tell the soil to celebrate
22and wild animals to stop being afraid.
Grasslands are green again;
fruit trees and fig trees are loaded with fruit.
Grapevines are covered with grapes.

23People of Zion, celebrate in honor
of the LORD your God!
He is generous and has sent the autumn and spring rains
in the proper seasons.
24Grain will cover your threshing places;
jars will overflow with wine and olive oil.

The LORD Will Rescue His People

25I, the LORD your God, will make up for the losses
caused by those swarms and swarms of locusts
I sent to attack you.
26My people, you will eat until you are satisfied.
Then you will praise me
for the wonderful things I have done.
Never again will you be put to shame.

27Israel, you will know that I stand at your side.
I am the LORD your God-- there are no other gods.
Never again will you be put to shame.

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