Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceQuotations · 1 decade ago


That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.

6 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    First off, the reference is to Joel 1:4 in the Bible. It was the prophecy of Joel to the Israelites because they had turned their back on God. God had promised to cut oft the blessing on the people and their land. This verse teaches that if God sent the palmerworm to destroy the land and there was (by chance) any land left uneaten - that He would then send the locust. And if the locust were to leave anything, He would send the cankerworm etc. etc.

    What is is basically saying is that you cannot escape the judgement of God. Once He has spoken it will come to pass - and if you think that you have gotten away with just a little punishment, be careful - because He may not be finished allowing you to suffer the consequences of your actions.

    There's an old saying, "Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse..."

    Source(s): Joel 1:4
  • 1 decade ago

    The quotation is from Joel 1:4, rather than John 1:4, and it predicts a future in which not even the tiniest fragments will remain. My commentary says that the palmerworm, the cankerworm, the caterpiller, and the locust are different names for the same insect used for poetic effect.

    Source(s): J. R. Dummelow, ed. "A Commentary on The Holy Bible." Macmillan Publ. Co. 1936.
  • 1 decade ago

    In him was life, and that life was the light of man.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yes, it means one man's trash is another man's treasure, but it is also talking about how nothing is wasted

  • How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
  • 1 decade ago

    the circle of life

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    one mans trash is another mans treasure

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.