Wail,1 for the day2 of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction3 from the Almighty.a47
Because of this, all hands will go limp,5 every man's heart will melt.68
Terror7 will seize them, pain and anguish will grip8 them; they will writhe like a woman in labor.9 They will look aghast at each other, their faces aflame.109
See, the day11 of the LORD is coming --a cruel12 day, with wrath13 and fierce anger14-- to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.
The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light.15 The rising sun16 will be darkened17 and the moon will not give its light.1811
I will punish19 the world for its evil, the wicked20 for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty21 and will humble22 the pride of the ruthless.2312
I will make man24 scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir.2513
Therefore I will make the heavens tremble;26 and the earth will shake27 from its place at the wrath28 of the LORD Almighty, in the day of his burning anger.2914
Like a hunted30 gazelle, like sheep without a shepherd,31 each will return to his own people, each will flee32 to his native land.3315
Whoever is captured will be thrust through; all who are caught will fall34 by the sword.3516
Their infants36 will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be looted and their wives ravished.3717
See, I will stir up38 against them the Medes,39 who do not care for silver and have no delight in gold.4018
Their bows41 will strike down the young men;42 they will have no mercy43 on infants nor will they look with compassion on children.4419
Babylon,45 the jewel of kingdoms,46 the glory47 of the Babylonians'b pride, will be overthrown48 by God like Sodom and Gomorrah.4920
She will never be inhabited50 or lived in through all generations; no Arab51 will pitch his tent there, no shepherd will rest his flocks there.
But desert creatures52 will lie there, jackals53 will fill her houses; there the owls54 will dwell, and there the wild goats55 will leap about.
Hyenas56 will howl in her strongholds,57 jackals58 in her luxurious palaces. Her time is at hand,59 and her days will not be prolonged.60