For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there will be five more years without plowing or harvesting.
Be ashamed, you farmers, wail, you vinedressers, over the wheat and the barley, because the harvest of the field has perished.
Harvest has passed, summer has ended, but we have not been saved.
How sad for me! For I am like one who- when the summer fruit has been gathered after the gleaning of the grape harvest- [finds] no grape cluster to eat, no early fig, which I crave.
Speak as follows: This is what the Lord says: Human corpses will fall like manure on the surface of the field, like newly cut grain after the reaper with no one to gather [it].
Indeed, they sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. There is no standing grain; what sprouts fails to yield flour. Even if they did, foreigners would swallow it up.
You will sow but not reap; you will press olives but not anoint yourself with oil; and [you will tread] grapes but not drink the wine.
and can't even fill the hands of the reaper or the arms of the one who binds sheaves.
Cut off the sower from Babylon as well as him who wields the sickle at harvest time. Because of the oppressor's sword, each will turn to his own people, each will flee to his own land.
He gave their crops to the caterpillar and the fruit of their labor to the locust.
The hungry consume his harvest, even taking it out of the thorns. The thirsty pant for his children's wealth.
let someone else eat what I have sown, and let my crops be uprooted.
They have sown wheat but harvested thorns. They have exhausted themselves but have no profit. Be put to shame by your harvests because of the Lord's burning anger.
One who watches the wind will not sow, and the one who looks at the clouds will not reap.
Look at the birds of the sky: they don't sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you worth more than they?
Consider the ravens: they don't sow or reap; they don't have a storeroom or a barn; yet God feeds them. Aren't you worth much more than the birds?
because I was afraid of you, for you're a tough man: you collect what you didn't deposit and reap what you didn't sow.'
"Then the man who had received one talent also approached and said, 'Master, I know you. You're a difficult man, reaping where you haven't sown and gathering where you haven't scattered seed.
"But his master replied to him, 'You evil, lazy slave! If you knew that I reap where I haven't sown and gather where I haven't scattered,
"He told him, 'I will judge you by what you have said, you evil slave! [If] you knew I was a tough man, collecting what I didn't deposit and reaping what I didn't sow,
I sent you to reap what you didn't labor for; others have labored, and you have benefited from their labor."