In the days of Joel, the son of Pethuel, there was a great dearth,
because (as is said in Joel i. 4) "That which the palmerworm hath left
hath the locust eaten," etc. That year the month of Adar (about March)
passed away and no rain came. When some rain fell, during the following
month, the prophet said unto Israel, "Go ye forth and sow." They
replied, "Shall he who has but a measure or two of wheat or barley eat
and live or sow it and die?" Still the prophet urged, "Go forth and
sow." Then they obeyed the prophet, and in eleven days the seed had
grown and ripened; and it is with reference to that generation that it
is said (Ps. cxxvi. 5), "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy."
THE TALMUD, _Taanith_ fol. 5, col. 1.