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2a 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.
 
3Fire 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.
 
4Their appearance is like the appearance of horses,
and like war horses they run.
 
5As 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.
 
6Before them peoples are in anguish,
all faces grow pale.
 
7Like warriors they charge,
like soldiers they scale the wall.
They march each on his way,
they do not swerve from their paths.
 
8They do not jostle one another,
each marches in his path;
they burst through the weapons
and are not halted.
 
9They leap upon the city,
they run upon the walls;
they climb up into the houses,
they enter through the windows like a thief.
 
10The earth quakes before them,
the heavens tremble.
The sun and the moon are darkened,
and the stars withdraw their shining.
 
11The 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
13and 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.
 
14Who 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?
 
15Blow the trumpet in Zion;
sanctify a fast;
call a solemn assembly;
 
16gather 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.
 
17Between 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?'"
 
18Then the LORD became jealous for his land,
and had pity on his people.
God restores fertility to the land. Jl.2.18-27
19The 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.
 

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Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971], Apocrypha, copyright 1957; The Third and Fourth Books of the Maccabees and Psalm 151, copyright 1977, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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