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13 tGird yourselves and lament, you priests;
Wail, you who minister before the altar;
Come, lie all night in sackcloth,
You who minister to my God;
For the grain offering and the drink offering
Are withheld from the house of your God.
14 uConsecrate a fast,
Call va sacred assembly;
Gather the elders
And wall the inhabitants of the land
Into the house of the Lord your God,
And cry out to the Lord.
15 xAlas for the day!
For ythe day of the Lord is at hand;
It shall come as destruction from the Almighty.
16 Is not the food zcut off before our eyes,
aJoy and gladness from the house of our God?
Storehouses are in shambles;
Barns are broken down,
For the grain has withered.
18 How bthe animals groan!
The herds of cattle are restless,
Because they have no pasture;
Even the flocks of sheep 4suffer punishment.
19 O Lord, cto You I cry out;
And a flame has burned all the trees of the field.
20 The beasts of the field also ecry out to You,
For fthe water brooks are dried up,
And fire has devoured the 6open pastures.
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