Joel 2

1 Blow the trumpet in Zion; ¶ sound the alarm on my holy hill. ¶ Let all who live in the land tremble, ¶ for the day of the LORD is coming. ¶ It is close at hand —

2 a day of darkness and gloom, ¶ a day of clouds and blackness. ¶ Like dawn spreading across the mountains ¶ a large and mighty army comes, ¶ such as never was in ancient times ¶ nor ever will be in ages to come.

3 Before them fire devours, ¶ behind them a flame blazes. ¶ Before them the land is like the garden of Eden, ¶ behind them, a desert waste — ¶ nothing escapes them.

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

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

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

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

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; ¶ like thieves they enter through the windows.

10 Before them the earth shakes, ¶ the heavens tremble, ¶ the sun and moon are darkened, ¶ and the stars no longer shine.

11 The LORD thunders at the head of his army; ¶ his forces are beyond number, ¶ and mighty is the army that obeys his command. ¶ The day of the LORD is great; ¶ it is dreadful. ¶ Who can endure it?

12 "Even now," declares the LORD, ¶ "return to me with all your heart, ¶ with fasting and weeping and mourning."

13 Rend your heart ¶ and not your garments. ¶ Return to the LORD your God, ¶ for he is gracious and compassionate, ¶ slow to anger and abounding in love, ¶ and he relents from sending calamity.

14 Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing — ¶ grain offerings and drink offerings ¶ for the LORD your God.

15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, ¶ declare a holy fast, ¶ call a sacred assembly.

16 Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; ¶ bring together the elders, ¶ gather the children, ¶ those nursing at the breast. ¶ Let the bridegroom leave his room ¶ and the bride her chamber.

17 Let the priests, who minister before the LORD, weep between the portico and the altar. ¶ Let them say, "Spare your people, LORD. ¶ Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, ¶ a byword among the nations. ¶ Why should they say among the peoples, ¶ 'Where is their God?'"

18 Then the LORD was jealous for his land ¶ and took pity on his people.

19 The LORD replied [^1] to them: ¶ "I am sending you grain, new wine and olive oil, ¶ enough to satisfy you fully; ¶ never again will I make you ¶ an object of scorn to the nations.

20 "I will drive the northern horde far from you, ¶ pushing it into a parched and barren land; ¶ its eastern ranks will drown in the Dead Sea ¶ and its western ranks in the Mediterranean Sea. ¶ And its stench will go up; ¶ its smell will rise." ¶ Surely he has done great things!

21 Do not be afraid, land of Judah; ¶ be glad and rejoice. ¶ Surely the LORD has done great things!

22 Do not be afraid, you wild animals, ¶ for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green. ¶ The trees are bearing their fruit; ¶ the fig tree and the vine yield their riches.

23 Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, ¶ for he has given you the autumn rains ¶ because he is faithful. ¶ He sends you abundant showers, ¶ both autumn and spring rains, as before.

24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.

25 "I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten — ¶ the great locust and the young locust, ¶ the other locusts and the locust swarm [^2] — ¶ my great army that I sent among you.

26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, ¶ who has worked wonders for you; ¶ never again will my people be shamed.

27 Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the LORD your God, ¶ and that there is no other; ¶ never again will my people be shamed.

28 "And afterward, ¶ I will pour out my Spirit on all people. ¶ Your sons and daughters will prophesy, ¶ your old men will dream dreams, ¶ your young men will see visions.

29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

30 I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, ¶ blood and fire and billows of smoke.

31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood ¶ before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.

32 And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; ¶ for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem ¶ there will be deliverance, ¶ as the LORD has said, ¶ even among the survivors ¶ whom the LORD calls. [^3]