a day of darkness1 and gloom,23 a day of clouds4 and blackness.5 Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army6 comes, such as never was of old7 nor ever will be in ages to come.
Before them fire8 devours, behind them a flame blazes. Before them the land is like the garden of Eden,9 behind them, a desert waste10-- nothing escapes them.
They have the appearance of horses;11 they gallop along like cavalry.
With a noise like that of chariots12 they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire13 consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle.
At the sight of them, nations are in anguish;14 every face turns pale.15
They charge like warriors;16 they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line,17 not swerving18 from their course.
They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead. They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks.
They rush upon the city; they run along the wall. They climb into the houses;19 like thieves they enter through the windows.20
Before them the earth shakes,21 the sky trembles,22 the sun and moon are darkened,23 and the stars no longer shine.24
The LORD 25 thunders26 at the head of his army;27 his forces are beyond number, and mighty are those who obey his command. The day of the LORD is great;28 it is dreadful. Who can endure it?29