Joel 2


2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy
 mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the
 day of the LORD cometh, for [it is] nigh at hand;
2:2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of
 thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a
 great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like,
 neither shall be any more after it, [even] to the years of many
 generations.
2:3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame
 burneth: the land [is] as the garden of Eden before them, and
 behind them a desolate wilderness; and nothing shall escape
 them.
2:4 The appearance of them [is] as the appearance of horses; and
 as horsemen, so shall they run.
2:5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall
 they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the
 stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
2:6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces
 shall gather blackness.
2:7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall
 like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways,
 and they shall not break their ranks:
2:8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one
 in his path: and [when] they fall upon the sword, they shall
 not be wounded.
2:9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon
 the wall, they shall climb upon the houses; they shall enter in
 at the windows like a thief.
2:10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall
 tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars
 shall withdraw their shining:
2:11 And the LORD will utter his voice before his army: for his
 camp [is] very great: for [he is] strong that executeth his
 word: for the day of the LORD [is] great and very terrible; and
 who can abide it?
2:12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, Turn ye even to me with
 all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with
 mourning:
2:13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn to the
 LORD your God: for he [is] gracious and merciful, slow to
 anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth of the evil.
2:14 Who knoweth [if] he will return and repent, and leave a
 blessing behind him; [even] a meat-offering and a
 drink-offering to the LORD your God?
2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn
 assembly:
2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the
 elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts:
 let the bridegroom go forth from his chamber, and the bride out
 of her closet.
2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between
 the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O
 LORD, and give not thy heritage to reproach, that the heathen
 should rule over them: why should they say among the people,
 Where [is] their God?
2:18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his
 people.
2:19 And the LORD will answer and say to his people, Behold, I
 will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be
 satisfied with it; and I will no more make you a reproach among
 the heathen:
2:20 But I will remove far from you the northern [army], and
 will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face
 towards the east sea, and his hinder part towards the utmost
 sea, and his odious scent shall come up, and his ill savor
 shall come up, because he hath done great things.
2:21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do
 great things.
2:22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of
 the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth its fruit, the
 fig-tree and the vine do yield their strength.
2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD
 your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and
 he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain,
 and the latter rain in the first [month].
2:24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall
 overflow with wine and oil.
2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath
 eaten, the canker-worm, and the caterpillar, and the
 palmer-worm, my great army which I sent among you.
2:26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise
 the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with
 you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
2:27 And ye shall know that I [am] in the midst of Israel, and
 [that] I [am] the LORD your God, and none else: and my people
 shall never be ashamed.
2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, [that] I will pour out
 my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters
 shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men
 shall see visions:
2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those
 days will I pour out my spirit.
2:30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth,
 blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into
 blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD shall
 come.
2:32 And it shall come to pass, [that] whoever shall call on the
 name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in
 Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in
 the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
 
 

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