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Joel 2:1-10 (New International Version)

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An Army of Locusts

1 Blow the trumpet1 in Zion;2 sound the alarm on my holy hill.3 Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD 4 is coming. It is close at hand5-- 2 a day of darkness6 and gloom,78 a day of clouds9 and blackness.10 Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army11 comes, such as never was of old12 nor ever will be in ages to come. 3 Before them fire13 devours, behind them a flame blazes. Before them the land is like the garden of Eden,14 behind them, a desert waste15-- nothing escapes them. 4 They have the appearance of horses;16 they gallop along like cavalry. 5 With a noise like that of chariots17 they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire18 consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle. 6 At the sight of them, nations are in anguish;19 every face turns pale.20 7 They charge like warriors;21 they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line,22 not swerving23 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;24 like thieves they enter through the windows.25 10 Before them the earth shakes,26 the sky trembles,27 the sun and moon are darkened,28 and the stars no longer shine.29
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