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Joel 2 :1 2:1 Blow a atrumpet in Zion;
Sound an alarm in My holy mountain;
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
For the bday of Jehovah comes;
For it draws near:
Joel 2 :2 2:2 aA day of bdarkness and gloominess,
A day of clouds and deep darkness,
Like the dawn spread over the mountains —
A cpeople great and mighty.
dThere has not been any like them
Since eternity,
And there will not be any more after them,
Even until the years of the generation of the generations.
Joel 2 :3 2:3 A afire devours before them,
And after them a flame blazes.
Before them the land is like the garden of bEden,
After them, like a desolate cwilderness;
And indeed no one escapes them.
Joel 2 :4 2:4 Their appearance is like the appearance of ahorses;
And as horsemen, so they run.
Joel 2 :5 2:5 Like the asound of chariots
Upon the mountaintops they leap,
Like the sound of a flame of fire
That devours the stubble,
Like a mighty people
Set in battle array.
Joel 2 :6 2:6 aAt their presence the peoples writhed in anguish;
All faces became pale.
Joel 2 :7 2:7 They run like mighty men;
Like men of battle they climb the wall.
And they march, each in his ways,
And do not break their ranks.
Joel 2 :8 2:8 Nor do they crowd each other;
They march, each on his highway.
Though they fall among weapons,
They do not break off their progress.
Joel 2 :9 2:9 They rush at the city;
They run against the wall;
They go up into the houses;
In through the windows
They go, like a thief.
Joel 2 :10 2:10 The earth aquakes before them;
The heavens shake;
The bsun and the moon grow dark,
And the stars withdraw their shining.
Joel 2 :11 2:11 And Jehovah utters His voice
Before His army,
For His camp is very great,
For He who executes His word is mighty.
For the aday of Jehovah is great
And very terrible,
And who can endure it?
III. The turn of Jehovah to His elect, Israel 2:12-32
Joel 2 :12 2:12 Yet even now,
Declares Jehovah,
aTurn to Me with all your heart
And with fasting and weeping and mourning;
Joel 2 :13 2:13 And rend your ahearts,
And not your bgarments,
And turn to Jehovah your God,
For He is gracious and ccompassionate,
Long-suffering and abundant in lovingkindness
And repentant of evil.
Joel 2 :14 2:14 aWho knows whether He will turn and repent
And leave a blessing behind Him,
A 1meal offering and a 1drink offering
To Jehovah your God?
Joel 2 :15 2:15 1Blow a atrumpet in Zion;
2Sanctify a bfast;
Call a 3solemn assembly;
Joel 2 :16 2:16 Gather the people;
Sanctify the congregation;
Assemble the elders;
Gather the children
And those who suck the breasts;
Let the bridegroom go forth from his chamber,
And the bride from her canopy.
Joel 2 :17 2:17 Let the apriests, the ministers of Jehovah,
Weep between the porch and the baltar,
And let them say,
Look with pity, O Jehovah, upon Your people;
And do not give Your inheritance over to reproach,
That the nations should rule over them.
cWhy should they say among the peoples,
Where is their God?
Joel 2 :18 2:18 Then Jehovah became jealous for 1His land,
And He spared His people.
Joel 2 :19 2:19 And Jehovah answered and said to His people,
I am about to send you
The agrain and the new wine and the fresh oil,
And you will be satisfied with it;
And I will no longer make you
A reproach among the nations,
Joel 2 :20 2:20 But the anorthern army
I will remove far from you;
And I will drive it into a land
Barren and desolate,
With its face toward the eastern sea
And its end toward the western sea.
And its bstench will go up,
And its foul smell will go up,
For it has done great things.
Joel 2 :21 2:21 Do not fear, O land;
Be glad and rejoice,
For Jehovah has done great things.
Joel 2 :22 2:22 Do not fear, O beasts of the field,
For the pastures of the wilderness turn green.
For the tree bears its fruit;
The fig tree and the vine yield their strength.
Joel 2 :23 2:23 O children of Zion,
Be glad and rejoice
In Jehovah your God.
For He gives you
The aearly rain in righteousness,
And He makes the rain come down for you:
The 1early rain and the 1late rain
At the beginning of the season.
Joel 2 :24 2:24 And the threshing floors will be full of grain,
And the wine vats will overflow with new wine and fresh oil.
Joel 2 :25 2:25 And I will restore to you the years
That the swarming alocust has eaten,
The licking locust and the consuming locust and the cutting locust,
My great army
That I sent among you.
Joel 2 :26 2:26 And you will eat to the afull and be satisfied,
And you will praise the name of Jehovah your God,
Who has dealt wondrously with you;
And My people will never be ashamed.
Joel 2 :27 2:27 And you will know that I am in the amidst of Israel,
And that I am Jehovah your bGod and there is none else.
And My people will never be ashamed.
Joel 2 :28 2:28 aAnd afterward I will 1pour out My bSpirit upon all flesh,
And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy;
Your old men shall dream dreams;
Your young men shall see visions.
Joel 2 :29 2:29 Indeed even upon the male and female slaves
In those days I will pour out My aSpirit.
Joel 2 :30 2:30 And I will 1show awonders in the heavens and on earth:
Blood and bfire and pillars of csmoke.
Joel 2 :31 2:31 The asun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the great and terrible
1bDay of Jehovah comes.
Joel 2 :32 2:32 And everyone who 1acalls on the name of Jehovah shall be saved;
For in Mount bZion and in Jerusalem will be an escape,
As Jehovah has said,
Even for the cremnant
Whom Jehovah dcalls.
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