1 Sound the trumpet in Jerusalem* !
Raise the alarm on my holy mountain!
Let everyone tremble in fear
because the day of the Lord is upon us.
a day of thick clouds and deep blackness.
Suddenly, like dawn spreading across the mountains,
a great and mighty army appears.
Nothing like it has been seen before
or will ever be seen again.
and flames follow after them.
Ahead of them the land lies
as beautiful as the Garden of Eden.
Behind them is nothing but desolation;
not one thing escapes.
they charge forward like warhorses.*
Listen to the noise they make—like the rumbling of chariots,
like the roar of fire sweeping across a field of stubble,
or like a mighty army moving into battle.
every face grows pale with terror.
and scale city walls like soldiers.
Straight forward they march,
never breaking rank.
each moves in exactly the right position.
They break through defenses
without missing a step.
and run along its walls.
They enter all the houses,
climbing like thieves through the windows.
and the heavens tremble.
The sun and moon grow dark,
and the stars no longer shine.
He leads them with a shout.
This is his mighty army,
and they follow his orders.
The day of the Lord is an awesome, terrible thing.
Who can possibly survive?
12 That is why the Lord says,
“Turn to me now, while there is time.
Give me your hearts.
Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.
but tear your hearts instead.”
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is merciful and compassionate,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
He is eager to relent and not punish.
sending you a blessing instead of this curse.
Perhaps you will be able to offer grain and wine
to the Lord your God as before.
Announce a time of fasting;
call the people together
for a solemn meeting.
the elders, the children, and even the babies.
Call the bridegroom from his quarters
and the bride from her private room.
stand and weep between the entry room to the Temple and the altar.
Let them pray, “Spare your people, Lord!
Don’t let your special possession become an object of mockery.
Don’t let them become a joke for unbelieving foreigners who say,
‘Has the God of Israel left them?’ ”
18 Then the Lord will pity his people
and jealously guard the honor of his land.
“Look! I am sending you grain and new wine and olive oil,
enough to satisfy your needs.
You will no longer be an object of mockery
among the surrounding nations.
I will send them into the parched wastelands.
Those in the front will be driven into the Dead Sea,
and those at the rear into the Mediterranean.*
The stench of their rotting bodies will rise over the land.”
Surely the Lord has done great things!
Be glad now and rejoice,
for the Lord has done great things.
for the wilderness pastures will soon be green.
The trees will again be filled with fruit;
fig trees and grapevines will be loaded down once more.
Rejoice in the Lord your God!
For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness.
Once more the autumn rains will come,
as well as the rains of spring.
and the presses will overflow with new wine and olive oil.
to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts,
the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts.*
It was I who sent this great destroying army against you.
and you will praise the Lord your God,
who does these miracles for you.
Never again will my people be disgraced.
that I am the Lord your God, and there is no other.
Never again will my people be disgraced.
28 * “Then, after doing all those things,
I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your old men will dream dreams,
and your young men will see visions.
even on servants—men and women alike.
blood and fire and columns of smoke.
and the moon will turn blood red
before that great and terrible* day of the Lord arrives.
will be saved,
for some on Mount Zion in Jerusalem will escape,
just as the Lord has said.
These will be among the survivors
whom the Lord has called.
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