2 aBlow ye the ||trumpet bin Zion, and asound an alarm in bmy holy mountain:
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble:
cFor the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
2 cdeA day of darkness and deof gloominess,
dfA day of clouds and dfof thick darkness,
As gthe morning spread upon the mountains:
hA great people and a strong;
iThere hath not been ever the like,
Neither shall be any more after it,
Even to the years †of many generations.
3 jA fire devoureth before them;
And behind them ja flame burneth:
The land is as kthe garden of Eden before them,
And kkbehind them la desolate wilderness;
Yea, and llnothing shall escape them.
4 mThe appearance of them is as the appearance of horses;
And as horsemen, so shall they run.
5 nLike the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they nnleap,
Like the noise of a flame of ofire that devoureth the stubble,
hAs a strong people set in battle array.
6 Before their face the people shall be much pained:
pAll faces qshall gather †blackness.
7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war;
And they shall march every one on his ways,
And they shall not break their ranks:
8 Neither shall one rthrust another;
They shall walk every one in his path:
And when they fall upon the ||sword, they shall not sbe wounded.
9 tThey shall urun to and fro in the city;
They shall urun upon the wall,
They shall climb up upon the houses;
vThey shall enter in at the windows vvlike a thief.
10 wThe earth shall quake before them;
wThe heavens shall tremble:
xyThe sun and the moon shall be dark,
xAnd the stars shall withdraw their shining:
11 And xxthe Lord shall utter his voice before yhis army:
aFor he is strong that executeth his word:
For bcthe day of the Lord is great and very cterrible;
And dwho can abide it?
12 Therefore also now, saith the Lord,
eTurn ye even to me with all your heart,
And fwith fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
13 And grend your heart, and not hyour garments,
And eturn unto the Lord your God:
For ijhe is gracious and ijmerciful,
ijSlow to anger, and ijkof great kindness,
And irepenteth him of the evil.
14 lWho knoweth if he will return and repent,
And leave ma blessing behind him;
Even na meat offering and a drink offering unto the Lord your God?
15 oBlow the trumpet in Zion,
pSanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
16 Gather the people, qsanctify the congregation, assemble the elders,
rGather the children, and those that suck the breasts:
sLet the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her tcloset.
17 Let uthe priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep vbetween wthe porch and xthe altar,
And let them say, ySpare thy people, O Lord,
And give not thine heritage to reproach,
That the heathen should ||rule over them:
zWherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
18 Then will the Lord abe jealous for his land,
And bpity his people.
19 Yea, the Lord will answer and say unto his people,
Behold, I will send you cdcorn, and cwine, and coil,
And ye shall be satisfied therewith:
And I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:
20 But ddI will remove far off from you ethe northern army,
And will drive him into a land barren and desolate,
With his face toward fthe east sea,
And his hinder part toward gthe utmost sea,
And hhis stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up,
Because †he hath done great things.
21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice:
For the Lord †will do great things.
22 iBe not afraid, ye beasts of the field:
For kthe pastures of the wilderness do spring,
For lthe tree beareth her fruit,
lThe fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.
23 mBe glad then, ye children of Zion, and mrejoice in the Lord your God:
For he hath given you ||othe former rain †moderately,
And phe will cause to come down for you the rain,
oThe former rain, and qthe latter rain in the first month.
24 And the floors shall be full of cwheat,
And rthe fats shall overflow with cwine and coil.
25 And I will restore to you the years that sthe locust hath eaten,
sThe cankerworm, and sthe caterpiller, and sthe palmerworm,
tMy great army which I sent among you.
26 And cuye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied,
And praise the name of the Lord your God,
That hath dealt wondrously with you:
And vmy people shall never be ashamed.
27 wAnd ye shall know that I am xin the midst of Israel,
And that yI am the Lord your God, and none else:
And vmy people shall never be ashamed.
28 zAnd it shall come to pass afterward,
That aI will pour out my spirit upon all flesh;
And bcyour sons and cdyour daughters shall prophesy,
cYour old men shall dream edreams,
cYour young men shall see fvisions:
29 cAnd also upon gthe servants and upon the handmaids
In those days will I pour out my spirit.
30 And hI will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth,
Blood, and fire, and ipillars of smoke.
31 kThe sun shall be turned into darkness, and klthe moon into blood,
mBefore nthe great and mnthe terrible day of the Lord come.
32 And it shall come to pass, that owhosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered:
For pqin mount Zion and in Jerusalem prshall be deliverance,
As the Lord hath said,
And in sthe remnant whom the Lord shall call.
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