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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 2

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The Day of the Lord

1Blow the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all who dwell in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; 2Yes, it is near, a day of darkness and ofgloom, a day of clouds and somberness! Like dawn spreading over the mountains, a people numerous and mighty! Their like has not been from of old, nor will it be after them, even to the years of distant generations. 3Before them a fire devours, and after them a flame enkindles; Like the garden of Eden is the landbefore them, and after them a desert waste; from them there is no escape.

4Their appearance is that of horses; like steeds they run. 5As with the rumble of chariots they leap on the mountaintops; As with the crackling of a fiery flame devouring stubble; Like a mighty people arrayed for battle. 6Before them peoples are in torment, every face blanches.

7Like warriors they run, like soldiers they scale the wall; They advance, each in his own lane, without swerving from their paths. 8No one crowds another, each advances in his own track; Though they fall into the ditches, they are not checked.

9They assault the city, they run upon the wall, they climb into the houses; In at the windows they come like thieves. 10Before them the earth trembles, the heavens shake; The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withhold theirbrightness. b Jl 4, 15; Is 13, 10; Ez 32, 7f; Mt 24, 29; Mk 13, 24; Lk 21, 25f .

11The LORD raises his voice at the head of his army; For immense indeed is his camp, yes, mighty, and it does his bidding. For great is the day of the LORD, and exceedingly terrible; who can bearit? c Jer 30, 7; Am 5, 18; Zep 1, 15 . 12Yet even now, says the LORD return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, andmourning; 13Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. d Ps 86, 5; Jon 4, 2 . 14Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, Offerings and libations for the LORD your God. e Jon 3, 9 . 15Blow the trumpet in Zion! proclaim a fast, call an assembly; f Jl 1, 14 . 16Gather the people, notify the congregation; Assemble the elders, gather the children and the infants at the breast; Let the bridegroom quit his room, and the bride her chamber. 17Between the porch and the altar* let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep, And say, “Spare, O LORD, your people, and make not your heritage a reproach, with the nations ruling over them! Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’ ”

Blessings for God's People. 18Then the LORD was stirred to concern for his land and took pity on his people. 19The LORD answered and said to his people:

See, I will send you grain, and wine, and oil, and you shall be filled with them; No more will I make you a reproach among the nations. 20No, the northerner* I will remove farfrom you, and drive him out into a land arid andwaste, With his van toward the eastern sea, and his rear toward the western sea; And his foulness shall go up, and his stench shall go up.

21Fear not, O land! exult and rejoice for the LORD has done great things. 22Fear not, beasts of the field! for the pastures of the plain are green; The tree bears its fruit, the fig tree and the vine give theiryield. 23And do you, O children of Zion, exult and rejoice in the LORD, your God! He has given you the teacher of justice:* he has made the rain come down foryou, the early and the late rain as before. g Hos 10, 12 . 24The threshing floors shall be full of grain and the vats shall overflow with wineand oil. 25And I will repay you for the years which the locust has eaten, The grasshopper, the devourer, and thecutter, my great army which I sent amongyou. 26You shall eat and be filled, and shall praise the name of the LORD,your God, Because he has dealt wondrously withyou; my people shall nevermore be put toshame. 27And you shall know that I am in themidst of Israel; I am the LORD, your God, and there isno other; my people shall nevermore be put toshame.

Notes:

b: Jl 4, 15; Is 13, 10; Ez 32, 7f; Mt 24, 29; Mk 13, 24; Lk 21, 25f .

c: Jer 30, 7; Am 5, 18; Zep 1, 15 .

d: Ps 86, 5; Jon 4, 2 .

e: Jon 3, 9 .

f: Jl 1, 14 .

g: Hos 10, 12 .

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