Joel, Chapter 2

2:1 Blow+ the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain; let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of Yahweh comes, for it is near at hand;
2:2 a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, as the dawn spread on the mountains; a great and a strong people; there has not ever been the like, neither will [there] be anymore after them, even to the years of many generations.
2:3 A fire devours before them; and behind them a flame burns: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yes, and none has escaped them.
2:4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so they run.
2:5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of the mountains they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devours the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
2:6 At their presence the peoples are in anguish; all faces are waxed pale.
2:7 They run like mighty men; they climb the wall like men of war; and they march every one on his ways, and they do not proceed in a confused manner on their way.
2:8 Neither does one thrust another; they march every [able-bodied] man in his path; and they burst through the weapons, and don't break off [their course].
2:9 They leap on the city; they run on the wall; they climb up into the houses; they enter in at the windows like a thief.
2:10 The earth quakes before them; the heavens tremble; the sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining.
2:11 And Yahweh utters his voice before his army; for his camp is very great; for he is strong that executes his word; for the day of Yahweh is great and very awesome; and who can endure it?
2:12 Yet even now, says Yahweh, turn+ to me with all your+ heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
2:13 and rend your+ heart, and not your+ garments, and turn to Yahweh your+ God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in loving-kindness, and repents of the evil.
2:14 Who knows whether he will not turn and repent, and leave a blessing behind him, even a meal-offering and a drink-offering to Yahweh your+ God?
2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly;
2:16 gather the people, sanctify the assembly, assemble the old men, gather the children, and those who are nursed by the breasts; let the bridegroom go forth from his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of Yahweh, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare your people, O Yahweh, and don't give your heritage to reproach, that the nations should rule over them: why should they say among the peoples, Where is their God?
2:18 Then Yahweh was jealous for his land, and had pity on his people.
2:19 And Yahweh answered and said to his people, Look, I will send you+ grain, and new wine, and oil, and you+ will be satisfied with them; and I will no more make you+ a reproach among the nations;
2:20 but I will remove far off from you+ the northern [army], and will drive it into a land barren and desolate, its forepart into the eastern sea, and its hinder part into the western sea; and its stench will come up, and its ill savor will come up, because it has done great things.
2:21 Don't be afraid, O land, be glad and rejoice; for Yahweh has done great things.
2:22 Don't be afraid, you+ beasts of the field; for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree bears its fruit, the fig tree and the vine yield their strength.
2:23 Be glad then, you+ sons of Zion, and rejoice in Yahweh your+ God; for he gives you+ the former rain in just measure, and he causes to come down for you+ the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, in the first [month].
2:24 And the floors will be full of wheat, and the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.
2:25 And I will restore to you+ the years that the locust has eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer-worm, my great army which I sent among you+.
2:26 And you+ will eat in plenty and be satisfied, and will praise the name of Yahweh your+ God, who has dealt wondrously with you+; and my people will never be put to shame.
2:27 And you+ will know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am Yahweh your+ God, and there is no other; and my people will never be put to shame.
2:28 And it will come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; and your+ sons and your+ daughters will prophesy, your+ old men will dream dreams, your+ young men will see visions:
2:29 and also on the male slaves and on the female slaves in those days I will pour out my Spirit.
2:30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
2:31 The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and awesome day of Yahweh comes.
2:32 And it will come to pass, that whoever will call on the name of Yahweh will be delivered; for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape, as Yahweh has said, and among the remnant those whom Yahweh calls.

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