11Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holymountain ! Let all the inhabitants of the landtremble, For the 2day of the LORD is coming ; Surely it is near,
A day of 3darkness and gloom, A day of clouds and thickdarkness. As the dawn is spreadover the mountains, So there is a 4great and mightypeople ; There has 5neverbeen anything like it, Nor will there be againafter it To the years of manygenerations.
A 6fireconsumesbefore them And behind them a flameburns. The land is 7like the garden of Edenbefore them But a 8desolatewildernessbehind them, And nothing at allescapes them.
Their 9appearance is like the appearance of horses ; And like war horses, so they run.
5aWith a 10noise as of chariots They leap on the tops of the mountains, Like the bcrackling of a 11flame of fireconsuming the stubble, Like a mightypeoplearranged for battle.
6Before them the people are in 12anguish ; All13facescturnpale.
They run like mightymen, They climb the wall like soldiers ; And they each14marchdin line, Nor do they deviate from their paths.
They do not crowdeachother, They marcheveryone in his path ; When they eburstthrough the fdefenses, They do not breakranks.
They rush on the city, They run on the wall ; They climb into the 15houses, They 16enterthrough the windows like a thief.
10Before them the earth17quakes, The heavenstremble, The 18sun and the moongrowdark And the starslose their brightness.
The LORD19utters His voicebefore20His army ; Surely His camp is verygreat, For 21strong is he who carries out His word. The 22day of the LORD is indeedgreat and veryawesome, And 23who can endure it?
"Yet evennow," declares the LORD, "24Return to Me with all your heart, And with 25fasting, weeping and mourning ;
And 26rend your heart and not 27your garments." Now return to the LORD your God, For He is 28gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And 29relenting of evil.
14Whoknows30whether He will not turn and relent And leave a 31blessingbehind Him, Even 32a grain offering and a drinkoffering For the LORD your God ?
1533Blow a trumpet in Zion, 34Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemnassembly,
16Gather the people, 35sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and the nursinginfants. Let the 36bridegroomcome out of his room And the bride out of her bridal chamber.
Let the priests, the LORD'Sministers, Weep37between the porch and the altar, And let them say, "38Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not make Your inheritance a 39reproach, A byword among the nations. Why should they among the peoplessay, '40Where is their God ?' "
Then the LORDgwill be 41zealous for His land And hwill have42pity on His people.
The LORDiwill answer and say to His people, "Behold, I am going to 43send you grain, newwine and oil, And you will be satisfied in full with jthem; And I will 44neveragainmake you a reproach among the nations.
"But I will remove the 45northern army far from you, And I will drive it into a parched and desolateland, And its vanguard into the 46easternsea, And its rear guard into the 47westernsea. And its 48stench will arise and its foulsmell will come up, For it has donegreatthings."
2149Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad, For the LORD has done50greatthings.
Do not fear, beasts of the field, For the 51pastures of the wilderness have turnedgreen, For the tree has borne its fruit, The figtree and the vine have yieldedkin full.
So rejoice, O 52sons of Zion, And 53be glad in the LORD your God ; For He has 54given you lthe earlyrain for your vindication. And He has poureddown for you the rain, The mearly and n55latterrainoas before.
The threshingfloors will be full of grain, And the vats will 56overflow with the newwine and oil.
"Then I will make up to you for the years That the swarming57locust has eaten, The creepinglocust, the strippinglocust and the gnawinglocust, My greatarmywhich I sent among you.
"You will have plenty to 58eat and be satisfied And 59praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has 60dealtwondrously with you; Then My people will 61never be put to shame.
"Thus you will 62know that I am in the midst of Israel, And that I am the LORD your God, And there is 63noother ; And My people will never be 64put to shame.
"p65It will come about afterthis That I will 66pour out My Spirit on allq67mankind ; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your oldmen will dreamdreams, Your youngmen will seevisions.
29"Even on the 68male and femaleservants I will pour out My Spirit in thosedays.
"I will 69displaywonders in the sky and on the earth, Blood, fire and columns of smoke.
"The 70sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into bloodBefore the 71great and awesomeday of the LORDcomes.
"And it will come about that 72whoevercalls on the name of the LORD Will be delivered ; For 73on MountZion and in Jerusalem There will be those who 74escape, As the LORD has said, Even among the 75survivorswhom the LORDcalls.