Joel 2:10-21 (New Century Version)

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10 Before them, earth and sky shake. The sun and the moon become dark, and the stars stop shining. 11 The Lord shouts out orders to his army. His army is very large! Those who obey him are very strong! is an overwhelming and terrible day. No one can stand up against it! 12 The Lord says, "Even now, come back to me with all your heart. Go without food, and cry and be sad." 13 Tearing your clothes is not enough to show you are sad; let your heart be broken. Come back to the Lord your God, because he is kind and shows mercy. He doesn't become angry quickly, and he has great love. He can change his mind about doing harm. 14 Who knows? Maybe he will turn back to you and leave behind a blessing for you. Grain and drink offerings belong to the Lord your God. 15 Blow the trumpet in Jerusalem; call for a day when no one eats food. Tell everyone to stop work. 16 Bring the people together and make the meeting holy for the Lord. Bring together the older leaders, as well as the children, and even babies that still feed at their mothers' breasts. The bridegroom should come from his room, the bride from her bedroom. 17 The priests, the Lord's servants, should cry between the altar and the entrance to the Temple. They should say, "Lord, have mercy on your people. Don't let them be put to shame; don't let other nations make fun of them. Don't let people in other nations ask, 'Where is their God?'" 18 Then the Lord became concerned about his land and felt sorry for his people. 19 He said to them: "I will send you grain, new wine, and olive oil, so that you will have plenty. No more will I shame you among the nations. 20 I will force the army from the north to leave your land and go into a dry, empty land. Their soldiers in front will be forced into the Dead Sea, and those in the rear into the Mediterranean Sea. Their bodies will rot and stink. 21 Land, don't be afraid; be happy and full of joy, because the Lord has done a wonderful thing.
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