Bible: Joel 2:1-11
The Locusts’ Devastation
2:1 Blow the trumpet 1 in Zion;
sound the alarm signal on my holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land shake with fear,
for the day of the
a day of foreboding storm clouds, 6
like blackness 7 spread over the mountains.
It is a huge and powerful army 8 –
there has never been anything like it ever before,
and there will not be anything like it for many generations to come! 9
2:3 Like fire they devour everything in their path; 10
a flame blazes behind them.
The land looks like the Garden of Eden 11 before them,
but behind them there is only a desolate wilderness –
for nothing escapes them! 12
2:4 They look like horses; 13
they charge ahead like war horses.
like the crackling 16 of blazing fire consuming stubble,
All of their faces turn pale with fright. 22
they scale walls like soldiers. 25
Each one proceeds on his course;
they do not alter 26 their path.
2:8 They do not jostle one another; 27
each of them marches straight ahead. 28
and do not break ranks.
2:9 They rush into 31 the city;
they scale 32 its walls.
They climb up into the houses;
they go in through the windows like a thief.
the sky reverberates. 35
The sun and the moon grow dark;
the stars refuse to shine. 36
Surely his command is carried out! 41
Yes, the day of the
and very terrifying – who can survive 43 it?