Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude!1 Listen, an uproar2 among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! The LORD Almighty3 is mustering4 an army for war.
They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens5-- the LORD and the weapons6 of his wrath7-- to destroy8 the whole country.
Wail,9 for the day10 of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction11 from the Almighty.a127
Because of this, all hands will go limp,13 every man's heart will melt.148
Terror15 will seize them, pain and anguish will grip16 them; they will writhe like a woman in labor.17 They will look aghast at each other, their faces aflame.189
See, the day19 of the LORD is coming --a cruel20 day, with wrath21 and fierce anger22-- to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.
The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light.23 The rising sun24 will be darkened25 and the moon will not give its light.2611
I will punish27 the world for its evil, the wicked28 for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty29 and will humble30 the pride of the ruthless.3112
I will make man32 scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir.3313
Therefore I will make the heavens tremble;34 and the earth will shake35 from its place at the wrath36 of the LORD Almighty, in the day of his burning anger.3714
Like a hunted38 gazelle, like sheep without a shepherd,39 each will return to his own people, each will flee40 to his native land.41