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Joel 2 (New American Standard)

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The Terrible Visitation

1 1Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the 2day of the LORD is coming; Surely it is near, 2 A day of 3darkness and gloom, A day of clouds and thick darkness. As the dawn is spread over the mountains, So there is a 4great and mighty people; There has 5never been anything like it, Nor will there be again after it To the years of many generations. 3 A 6fire consumes before them And behind them a flame burns. The land is 7like the garden of Eden before them But a 8desolate wilderness behind them, And nothing at all escapes them. 4 Their 9appearance is like the appearance of horses; And like war horses, so they run. 5 aWith a 10noise as of chariots They leap on the tops of the mountains, Like the bcrackling of a 11flame of fire consuming the stubble, Like a mighty people arranged for battle. 6 Before them the people are in 12anguish; All 13faces cturn pale. 7 They run like mighty men, They climb the wall like soldiers ; And they each 14march din line, Nor do they deviate from their paths. 8 They do not crowd each other, They march everyone in his path; When they eburst through the fdefenses, They do not break ranks. 9 They rush on the city, They run on the wall; They climb into the 15houses, They 16enter through the windows like a thief. 10 Before them the earth 17quakes, The heavens tremble, The 18sun and the moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness. 11 The LORD 19utters His voice before 20His army; Surely His camp is very great, For 21strong is he who carries out His word. The 22day of the LORD is indeed great and very awesome, And 23who can endure it? 12 "Yet even now," declares the LORD, "24Return to Me with all your heart, And with 25fasting, weeping and mourning; 13 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. 14 Who knows 30whether He will not turn and relent And leave a 31blessing behind Him, Even 32a grain offering and a drink offering For the LORD your God? 15 33Blow a trumpet in Zion, 34Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly, 16 Gather the people, 35sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the 36bridegroom come out of his room And the bride out of her bridal chamber. 17 Let the priests, the LORD'S ministers, Weep 37between 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 peoples say, '40Where is their God?' "

Deliverance Promised

18 Then the LORD gwill be 41zealous for His land And hwill have 42pity on His people. 19 The LORD iwill answer and say to His people, "Behold, I am going to 43send you grain, new wine and oil, And you will be satisfied in full with jthem; And I will 44never again make you a reproach among the nations. 20 "But I will remove the 45northern army far from you, And I will drive it into a parched and desolate land, And its vanguard into the 46eastern sea, And its rear guard into the 47western sea. And its 48stench will arise and its foul smell will come up, For it has done great things." 21 49Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad, For the LORD has done 50great things. 22 Do not fear, beasts of the field, For the 51pastures of the wilderness have turned green, For the tree has borne its fruit, The fig tree and the vine have yielded kin full. 23 So rejoice, O 52sons of Zion, And 53be glad in the LORD your God; For He has 54given you lthe early rain for your vindication. And He has poured down for you the rain, The mearly and n55latter rain oas before. 24 The threshing floors will be full of grain, And the vats will 56overflow with the new wine and oil. 25 "Then I will make up to you for the years That the swarming 57locust has eaten, The creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust, My great army which I sent among you. 26 "You will have plenty to 58eat and be satisfied And 59praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has 60dealt wondrously with you; Then My people will 61never be put to shame. 27 "Thus you will 62know that I am in the midst of Israel, And that I am the LORD your God, And there is 63no other; And My people will never be 64put to shame.

The Promise of the Spirit

28 "p65It will come about after this That I will 66pour out My Spirit on all q67mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. 29 "Even on the 68male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

The Day of the LORD

30 "I will 69display wonders in the sky and on the earth, Blood, fire and columns of smoke. 31 "The 70sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the 71great and awesome day of the LORD comes. 32 "And it will come about that 72whoever calls on the name of the LORD Will be delivered; For 73on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem There will be those who 74escape, As the LORD has said, Even among the 75survivors whom the LORD calls.
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