|2||Revised Standard Version||Passage|
|2||a day of darkness and gloom, |
a day of clouds and thick darkness!
Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains
a great and powerful people;
their like has never been from of old,
nor will be again after them
through the years of all generations.
|3||Fire devours before them, |
and behind them a flame burns.
The land is like the garden of Eden before them,
but after them a desolate wilderness,
and nothing escapes them.
|4||Their appearance is like the appearance of horses, |
and like war horses they run.
|5||As with the rumbling of chariots, |
they leap on the tops of the mountains,
like the crackling of a flame of fire
devouring the stubble,
like a powerful army drawn up for battle.
|6||Before them peoples are in anguish, |
all faces grow pale.
|7||Like warriors they charge, |
like soldiers they scale the wall.
They march each on his way,
they do not swerve from their paths.
|8||They do not jostle one another, |
each marches in his path;
they burst through the weapons
and are not halted.
|9||They leap upon the city, |
they run upon the walls;
they climb up into the houses,
they enter through the windows like a thief.
|10||The earth quakes before them, |
the heavens tremble.
The sun and the moon are darkened,
and the stars withdraw their shining.
|11||The LORD utters his voice before his army, |
for his host is exceedingly great;
he that executes his word is powerful.
For the day of the LORD is great and very terrible;
who can endure it?
|12||"Yet even now," says the LORD, |
"return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
|A call to repentance. Jl.2.12-17|
|13||and rend your hearts and not your garments." |
Return to the LORD, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
and repents of evil.
|14||Who knows whether he will not turn and repent, |
and leave a blessing behind him,
a cereal offering and a drink offering
for the LORD, your God?
|15||Blow the trumpet in Zion; |
sanctify a fast;
call a solemn assembly;
|16||gather the people. |
Sanctify the congregation;
assemble the elders;
gather the children,
even nursing infants.
Let the bridegroom leave his room,
and the bride her chamber.
|17||Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, |
the ministers of the LORD, weep
and say, "Spare thy people, O LORD,
and make not thy heritage a reproach,
a byword among the nations.
Why should they say among the peoples,
'Where is their God?'"
|18||Then the LORD became jealous for his land, |
and had pity on his people.
|God restores fertility to the land. Jl.2.18-27|
|19||The LORD answered and said to his people, |
"Behold, I am sending to you
grain, wine, and oil,
and you will be satisfied;
and I will no more make you
a reproach among the nations.
|20||"I will remove the northerner far from you, |
and drive him into a parched and desolate land,
his front into the eastern sea,
and his rear into the western sea;
the stench and foul smell of him will rise,
for he has done great things.