Raise a banner1 on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates2 of the nobles.
I have commanded my holy ones; I have summoned my warriors3 to carry out my wrath4-- those who rejoice5 in my triumph.
Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude!6 Listen, an uproar7 among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! The LORD Almighty8 is mustering9 an army for war.
They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens10-- the LORD and the weapons11 of his wrath12-- to destroy13 the whole country.
Wail,14 for the day15 of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction16 from the Almighty.a177
Because of this, all hands will go limp,18 every man's heart will melt.198
Terror20 will seize them, pain and anguish will grip21 them; they will writhe like a woman in labor.22 They will look aghast at each other, their faces aflame.239
See, the day24 of the LORD is coming --a cruel25 day, with wrath26 and fierce anger27-- to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.
The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light.28 The rising sun29 will be darkened30 and the moon will not give its light.3111
I will punish32 the world for its evil, the wicked33 for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty34 and will humble35 the pride of the ruthless.3612
I will make man37 scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir.38