Joel 2:2-11 NIV

2 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.

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      3 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.

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      4 They have the appearance of horses;11 they gallop along like cavalry.

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      5 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.

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      6 At the sight of them, nations are in anguish;14 every face turns pale.15

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      7 They charge like warriors;16 they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line,17 not swerving18 from their course.

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      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;19 like thieves they enter through the windows.20

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      10 Before them the earth shakes,21 the sky trembles,22 the sun and moon are darkened,23 and the stars no longer shine.24

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      11 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

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