I have commanded my holy ones; I have summoned my warriors1 to carry out my wrath2-- those who rejoice3 in my triumph.
Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude!4 Listen, an uproar5 among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! The LORD Almighty6 is mustering7 an army for war.
They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens8-- the LORD and the weapons9 of his wrath10-- to destroy11 the whole country.
Wail,12 for the day13 of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction14 from the Almighty.a157
Because of this, all hands will go limp,16 every man's heart will melt.178
Terror18 will seize them, pain and anguish will grip19 them; they will writhe like a woman in labor.20 They will look aghast at each other, their faces aflame.219
See, the day22 of the LORD is coming --a cruel23 day, with wrath24 and fierce anger25-- to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.
The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light.26 The rising sun27 will be darkened28 and the moon will not give its light.2911
I will punish30 the world for its evil, the wicked31 for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty32 and will humble33 the pride of the ruthless.3412
I will make man35 scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir.3613
Therefore I will make the heavens tremble;37 and the earth will shake38 from its place at the wrath39 of the LORD Almighty, in the day of his burning anger.40