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Joel 2:2-10 (New International Version)

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2 a day of darkness1 and gloom,23 a day of clouds4 and blackness.5 Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army6 comes, such as never was of old7 nor ever will be in ages to come. 3 Before them fire8 devours, behind them a flame blazes. Before them the land is like the garden of Eden,9 behind them, a desert waste10-- nothing escapes them. 4 They have the appearance of horses;11 they gallop along like cavalry. 5 With a noise like that of chariots12 they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire13 consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle. 6 At the sight of them, nations are in anguish;14 every face turns pale.15 7 They charge like warriors;16 they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line,17 not swerving18 from their course. 8 They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead. They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks. 9 They rush upon the city; they run along the wall. They climb into the houses;19 like thieves they enter through the windows.20 10 Before them the earth shakes,21 the sky trembles,22 the sun and moon are darkened,23 and the stars no longer shine.24
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