They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens1-- the LORD and the weapons2 of his wrath3-- to destroy4 the whole country.
Wail,5 for the day6 of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction7 from the Almighty.a87
Because of this, all hands will go limp,9 every man's heart will melt.108
Terror11 will seize them, pain and anguish will grip12 them; they will writhe like a woman in labor.13 They will look aghast at each other, their faces aflame.149
See, the day15 of the LORD is coming --a cruel16 day, with wrath17 and fierce anger18-- to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.
The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light.19 The rising sun20 will be darkened21 and the moon will not give its light.2211
I will punish23 the world for its evil, the wicked24 for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty25 and will humble26 the pride of the ruthless.2712
I will make man28 scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir.2913
Therefore I will make the heavens tremble;30 and the earth will shake31 from its place at the wrath32 of the LORD Almighty, in the day of his burning anger.3314
Like a hunted34 gazelle, like sheep without a shepherd,35 each will return to his own people, each will flee36 to his native land.3715
Whoever is captured will be thrust through; all who are caught will fall38 by the sword.39