1 aBlow a trumpet in Zion,
And sound an alarm on My holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
For the bday of the Lord is coming;
Surely it is near,
2 A day of adarkness and gloom,
A day of clouds and thick darkness.
As the dawn is spread over the mountains,
So there is a bgreat and mighty people;
There has cnever been anything like it,
Nor will there be again after it
To the years of many generations.
3 A afire consumes before them
And behind them a flame burns.
The land is blike the garden of Eden before them
But a cdesolate wilderness behind them,
And nothing at all escapes them.
4 Their aappearance is like the appearance of horses;
And like war horses, so they run.
They leap on the tops of the mountains,
Like a mighty people arranged for battle.
6 Before them the people are in aanguish;
They climb the wall like soldiers;
Nor do they deviate from their paths.
They march everyone in his path;
They do not break ranks.
They run on the wall;
They climb into the ahouses,
They benter through the windows like a thief.
10 Before them the earth aquakes,
The heavens tremble,
The bsun and the moon grow dark
And the stars lose their brightness.
Surely His camp is very great,
For cstrong is he who carries out His word.
The dday of the Lord is indeed great and very awesome,
And ewho can endure it?
“aReturn to Me with all your heart,
And with bfasting, weeping and mourning;
Now return to the Lord your God,
For He is cgracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness
And drelenting of evil.
14 Who knows awhether He will not turn and relent
And leave a bblessing behind Him,
Even ca grain offering and a drink offering
For the Lord your God?
15 aBlow a trumpet in Zion,
bConsecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,
16 Gather the people, asanctify the congregation,
Assemble the elders,
Gather the children and the nursing infants.
Let the bbridegroom come out of his room
And the bride out of her bridal chamber.
Weep abetween the porch and the altar,
And let them say, “bSpare Your people, O Lord,
And do not make Your inheritance a creproach,
A byword among the nations.
Why should they among the peoples say,
‘dWhere is their God?’ ”
19 The Lord 1will answer and say to His people,
“Behold, I am going to asend you grain, new wine and oil,
And you will be satisfied in full with 2them;
And I will bnever again make you a reproach among the nations.
20 “But I will remove the anorthern army far from you,
And I will drive it into a parched and desolate land,
And its vanguard into the beastern sea,
And its rear guard into the cwestern sea.
And its dstench will arise and its foul smell will come up,
For it has done great things.”
21 aDo not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad,
For the Lord has done bgreat things.
For the apastures of the wilderness have turned green,
For the tree has borne its fruit,
The fig tree and the vine have yielded 1in full.
23 So rejoice, O asons of Zion,
And bbe glad in the Lord your God;
And He has poured down for you the rain,
And the vats will aoverflow with the new wine and oil.
That the swarming alocust has eaten,
The creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust,
My great army which I sent among you.
26 “You will have plenty to aeat and be satisfied
And bpraise the name of the Lord your God,
Who has cdealt wondrously with you;
Then My people will dnever be put to shame.
27 “Thus you will aknow that I am in the midst of Israel,
And that I am the Lord your God,
And there is bno other;
And My people will never be cput to shame.
And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
Your old men will dream dreams,
Your young men will see visions.
29 “Even on the amale and female servants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
30 “I will adisplay wonders in the sky and on the earth,
Blood, fire and columns of smoke.
31 “The asun will be turned into darkness
And the moon into blood
Before the bgreat and awesome day of the Lord comes.
32 “And it will come about that awhoever calls on the name of the Lord
Will be delivered;
For bon Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
There will be those who cescape,
As the Lord has said,
Even among the dsurvivors whom the Lord calls.
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