Like dawn spreading across the mountains
a large and mighty armyi comes,
such as never was in ancient timesj
nor ever will be in ages to come.
3 Before them firek devours,
behind them a flame blazes.
Before them the land is like the garden of Eden,l
behind them, a desert wastem—
nothing escapes them.
4 They have the appearance of horses;n
they gallop along like cavalry.
5 With a noise like that of chariotso
they leap over the mountaintops,
like a crackling firep consuming stubble,
like a mighty army drawn up for battle.
6 At the sight of them, nations are in anguish;q
every face turns pale.r
7 They charge like warriors;s
they scale walls like soldiers.
They all march in line,t
not swervingu from their course.
each marches straight ahead.
They plunge through defenses
without breaking ranks.
they run along the wall.
They climb into the houses;v
like thieves they enter through the windows.w
10 Before them the earth shakes,x
the heavens tremble,y
the sun and moon are darkened,z
and the stars no longer shine.a
at the head of his army;d
his forces are beyond number,
and mighty is the army that obeys his command.
The day of the Lord is great;e
it is dreadful.
Who can endure it?f
12 “Even now,” declares the Lord,
with fasting and weeping and mourning.”
13 Rend your hearti
and not your garments.j
Returnk to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,l
slow to anger and abounding in love,m
and he relents from sending calamity.n
and leave behind a blessingq—
grain offerings and drink offeringsr
for the Lord your God.