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Chapter 2

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12Blow 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, a day of darkness and gloom is at hand, a day of cloud and dense fog. Like blackness spread over the mountains a vast and countless host appears; their like has never been known, nor will be in all the ages to come. 3Their vanguard is a devouring fire, their rearguard a leaping flame; before them the land is a garden of Eden, but behind them it is a desolate waste; nothing survives their passing. 4In appearance like horses, like cavalry they charge; 5they bound over the peaks with a din like chariots, like crackling flames burning up stubble, like a vast host in battle array. 6Nations tremble at their onset, every face is drained of colour a 2:6 drained of colour: meaning of Heb. uncertain. . 7Like warriors they charge, like soldiers they scale the walls; each keeps in line with no confusion in the ranks, 8none jostling his neighbour; each keeps to his course. Weapons cannot halt their attack; 9they burst into the city, race along the wall, climb into the houses, entering like thieves through the windows. 10At their onset the earth shakes, the heavens shudder, sun and moon are darkened, and the stars withhold their light. 11The LORD thunders as he leads his host; his is a mighty army, countless are those who do his bidding. Great is the day of the LORD and most terrible; who can endure it?

12Yet even now, says the LORD, turn back to me wholeheartedly with fasting, weeping, and mourning. 13Rend your hearts and not your garments, and turn back to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, long-suffering and ever constant, ready always to relent when he threatens disaster. 14It may be he will turn back and relent and leave a blessing behind him, blessing enough for grain-offerings and drink-offerings to be presented to the LORD your God. 15Blow the trumpet in Zion, appoint a solemn fast, proclaim a day of abstinence. 16Gather the people together, appoint a solemn assembly; summon the elders, gather the children, even babes at the breast; bid the bridegroom leave his wedding-chamber and the bride her bower. 17Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, stand weeping between the porch and the altar and say, ‘Spare your people, LORD; do not expose your own people to insult, to be made a byword by other nations. Why should the peoples say, “Where is their God?”’

18 THEN the LORD showed his ardent love for his land, and was moved with compassion for his people. 19He answered their appeal and said: I shall send you corn, new wine, and oil, and you will have them in plenty. I shall expose you no longer to the reproach of other nations. 20I shall remove the northern peril far from you and banish it into a land arid and waste, the vanguard into the eastern sea, the rearguard into the western sea; the stench and foul smell of it will go up. He has done great things! 21Earth, fear not, but rejoice and be glad; for the LORD has done great things. 22Fear not, you beasts in the field; for the open pastures will be green, the trees will bear fruit, the fig and the vine yield their harvest. 23People of Zion, rejoice, be glad in the LORD your God, who gives you food in due measure by sending you rain, the autumn and spring rains as of old. 24The threshing-floors will be heaped with grain, the vats will overflow with new wine and oil. 25I shall recompense you for the years that the swarmer has eaten, hopper and grub and locust, my great army which I sent against you. 26You will eat until you are satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God who has done wonderful things for you, and my people will never again be put to shame. 27You will know that I am present in Israel, that I and no other am the LORD your God; and my people will never again be put to shame. 28 b 2:28 In Heb. 3:1 . After this I shall pour out my spirit on all mankind; your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams and your young men see visions; 29I shall pour out my spirit in those days even on slaves and slave-girls. 30I shall set portents in the sky and on earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. 32Then everyone who invokes the LORD's name will be saved: on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be a remnant as the LORD has promised, survivors whom the LORD calls.

Notes:

a 2:6 drained of colour: meaning of Heb. uncertain.

b 2:28 In Heb. 3:1 .

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