The Terrible Visitation1 a Blow a trumpet in Zion,
And sound an alarm on My holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
For the b day of the Lord is coming;
Surely it is near,
2 A day of c darkness and gloom,
A day of clouds and thick darkness.
As the dawn is spread over the mountains,
So there is a d great and mighty people;
There has e never been anything like it,
Nor will there be again after it
To the years of many generations.
3 A f fire consumes before them
And behind them a flame burns.
The land is g like the garden of Eden before them
But a h desolate wilderness behind them,
And nothing at all escapes them.
4 Their i appearance is like the appearance of horses;
And like war horses, so they run.
▼ Lit Like the noise of chariotsWith a k noise as of chariots
They leap on the tops of the mountains,
Like the ▼
▼ Lit noisecrackling of a m flame of fire consuming the stubble,
Like a mighty people arranged for battle.
6 Before them the people are in n anguish;
All o faces ▼
▼ Or become flushedturn pale.
7 They run like mighty men,
They climb the wall like soldiers;
And they each q march ▼
▼ Lit in his waysin line,
Nor do they deviate from their paths.
8 They do not crowd each other,
They march everyone in his path;
When they ▼
▼ Lit fallburst through the ▼
▼ Lit weapon, probably javelindefenses,
They do not break ranks.
9 They rush on the city,
They run on the wall;
They climb into the u houses,
They v enter through the windows like a thief.
10 Before them the earth w quakes,
The heavens tremble,
The x sun and the moon grow dark
And the stars lose their brightness.
11 The Lord y utters His voice before z His army;
Surely His camp is very great,
For aa strong is he who carries out His word.
The ab day of the Lord is indeed great and very awesome,
And ac who can endure it?
12 “Yet even now,” declares the Lord,
ad “Return to Me with all your heart,
And with ae fasting, weeping and mourning;
13 And af rend your heart and not ag your garments.”
Now return to the Lord your God,
For He is ah gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness
And ai relenting of evil.
14 Who knows aj whether He will not turn and relent
And leave a ak blessing behind Him,
Even al a grain offering and a drink offering
For the Lord your God?
15 am Blow a trumpet in Zion,
an Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,
16 Gather the people ao sanctify the congregation,
Assemble the elders,
Gather the children and the nursing infants.
Let the ap bridegroom come out of his room
And the bride out of her bridal chamber.
17 Let the priests, the Lord’s ministers,
Weep aq between the porch and the altar,
And let them say ar “Spare Your people, O Lord,
And do not make Your inheritance a as reproach,
A byword among the nations.
Why should they among the peoples say,
‘ at Where is their God?’”
Deliverance Promised18 Then the Lord ▼
▼ Or was zealouswill be av zealous for His land
▼ Or had pitywill have ax pity on His people.
19 The Lord ▼
▼ Or answered and saidwill answer and say to His people,
“Behold, I am going to az send you grain, new wine and oil,
And you will be satisfied in full with ▼
▼ Lit itthem;
And I will bb never again make you a reproach among the nations.
20 “But I will remove the bc northern army far from you,
And I will drive it into a parched and desolate land,
And its vanguard into the bd eastern sea,
And its rear guard into the be western sea.
And its bf stench will arise and its foul smell will come up,
For it has done great things.”
21 bg Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad,
For the Lord has done bh great things.
22 Do not fear, beasts of the field,
For the bi pastures of the wilderness have turned green,
For the tree has borne its fruit,
The fig tree and the vine have yielded ▼
▼ Lit their wealthin full.
23 So rejoice, O bk sons of Zion,
And bl be glad in the Lord your God;
For He has bm given you ▼
▼ I.e. autumn; or possibly the teacher for righteousnessthe early rain for your vindication.
And He has poured down for you the rain,
▼ I.e. autumnearly and ▼
▼ I.e. spring, bq latter rain ▼
▼ So with ancient versions; Heb in the firstas before.
24 The threshing floors will be full of grain,
And the vats will bs overflow with the new wine and oil.
25 “Then I will make up to you for the years
That the swarming bt locust 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 bu eat and be satisfied
And bv praise the name of the Lord your God,
Who has bw dealt wondrously with you;
Then My people will bx never be put to shame.
27 “Thus you will by know that I am in the midst of Israel,
And that I am the Lord your God,
And there is bz no other;
And My people will never be ca put to shame.
The Promise of the Spirit28 ▼
▼ Ch 3:1 in Heb, cc “It will come about after this
That I will cd pour out My Spirit on all ▼
▼ Lit flesh, cf mankind;
And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
Your old men will dream dreams,
Your young men will see visions.
29 “Even on the cg male and female servants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
The Day of the Lord30 “I will ch display wonders in the sky and on the earth,
Blood, fire and columns of smoke.
31 “The ci sun will be turned into darkness
And the moon into blood
Before the cj great and awesome day of the Lord comes.
32 “And it will come about that ck whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Will be delivered;
For cl on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
There will be those who cm escape,
As the Lord has said,
Even among the cn survivors whom the Lord calls.
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