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The Day of the Lord

Blow the ram’s horn in Zion.
Sound the alarm on my holy mountain.
    Everyone who lives in the land should tremble,
        because the day of the Lord is coming.
Certainly, it is near.
    It is a day of darkness and gloom,
        a day of clouds and overcast skies.
            A large and mighty army
                will spread over the mountains like the dawn.[a]
Nothing like this has ever happened.
Nothing like this will ever happen again.

In front of this army a fire burns.
    Behind it flames are blazing.
In front of it the land is like the garden of Eden.
    Behind it the land is like a barren desert.
        Nothing escapes it!

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Footnotes

  1. Joel 2:2 Or “like darkness.”

An Army of Locusts

Blow the trumpet(A) in Zion;(B)
    sound the alarm on my holy hill.(C)

Let all who live in the land tremble,
    for the day of the Lord(D) is coming.
It is close at hand(E)
    a day of darkness(F) and gloom,(G)
    a day of clouds(H) and blackness.(I)
Like dawn spreading across the mountains
    a large and mighty army(J) comes,
such as never was in ancient times(K)
    nor ever will be in ages to come.

Before them fire(L) devours,
    behind them a flame blazes.
Before them the land is like the garden of Eden,(M)
    behind them, a desert waste(N)
    nothing escapes them.

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