2 Blow the trumpet in Zion;
sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near—
a day of clouds and thick darkness!
Like blackness spread upon the mountains
a great and powerful army comes;
their like has never been from of old,
nor will be again after them
in ages to come.
and behind them a flame burns.
Before them the land is like the garden of Eden,
but after them a desolate wilderness,
and nothing escapes them.
and like war-horses they charge.
they leap on the tops of the mountains,
like the crackling of a flame of fire
devouring the stubble,
like a powerful army
drawn up for battle.
all faces grow pale.a
like soldiers they scale the wall.
Each keeps to its own course,
they do not swerve fromb their paths.
each keeps to its own track;
they burst through the weapons
and are not halted.
they run upon the walls;
they climb up into the houses,
they enter through the windows like a thief.
the heavens tremble.
The sun and the moon are darkened,
and the stars withdraw their shining.
at the head of his army;
how vast is his host!
Numberless are those who obey his command.
Truly the day of the Lord is great;
terrible indeed—who can endure it?
return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
Return to the Lord, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
and relents from punishing.
and leave a blessing behind him,
a grain offering and a drink offering
for the Lord, your God?
sanctify a fast;
call a solemn assembly;
Sanctify the congregation;
assemble the aged;
gather the children,
even infants at the breast.
Let the bridegroom leave his room,
and the bride her canopy.
let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep.
Let them say, “Spare your people, O Lord,
and do not make your heritage a mockery,
a byword among the nations.
Why should it be said among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’ ”
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