Joel 2:1-11 NIV

An Army of Locusts

1 Blow the trumpet1 in Zion;2 sound the alarm on my holy hill.3 Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD 4 is coming. It is close at hand5--

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2 a day of darkness6 and gloom,78 a day of clouds9 and blackness.10 Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army11 comes, such as never was of old12 nor ever will be in ages to come.

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      3 Before them fire13 devours, behind them a flame blazes. Before them the land is like the garden of Eden,14 behind them, a desert waste15-- nothing escapes them.

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      4 They have the appearance of horses;16 they gallop along like cavalry.

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      5 With a noise like that of chariots17 they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire18 consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle.

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      6 At the sight of them, nations are in anguish;19 every face turns pale.20

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      7 They charge like warriors;21 they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line,22 not swerving23 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;24 like thieves they enter through the windows.25

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      10 Before them the earth shakes,26 the sky trembles,27 the sun and moon are darkened,28 and the stars no longer shine.29

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      11 The LORD 30 thunders31 at the head of his army;32 his forces are beyond number, and mighty are those who obey his command. The day of the LORD is great;33 it is dreadful. Who can endure it?34

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