Joel 2:1-7 (New Living Translation)

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1 Blow the trumpet in Jerusalema! Sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let everyone tremble in fear because the day of the LORD is upon us. 2 It is a day of darkness and gloom, a day of thick clouds and deep blackness. Suddenly, like dawn spreading across the mountains, a mighty army appears! How great and powerful they are! The likes of them have not been seen before and never will be seen again. 3 Fire burns in front of them and follows them in every direction! Ahead of them the land lies as fair as the Garden of Eden in all its beauty. Behind them is nothing but desolation; not one thing escapes. 4 They look like tiny horses, and they run as fast. 5 Look at them as they leap along the mountaintops! Listen to the noise they make -- like the rumbling of chariots, like the roar of a fire sweeping across a field, or like a mighty army moving into battle. 6 Fear grips all the people; every face grows pale with fright. 7 The attackers march like warriors and scale city walls like trained soldiers. Straight forward they march, never breaking rank.
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