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 Lord is about to come.

Indeed, 2  it is near! 3 

2:2 It will be 4  a day of dreadful darkness, 5 

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.

2:5 They sound like 14  chariots rumbling 15  over mountain tops,

like the crackling 16  of blazing fire consuming stubble,

like the noise of 17  a mighty army 18  being drawn up for battle. 19 

2:6 People 20  writhe in fear when they see them. 21 

All of their faces turn pale with fright. 22 

2:7 They 23  charge 24  like warriors;

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 

They burst through 29  the city defenses 30 

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.

2:10 The earth quakes 33  before them; 34 

the sky reverberates. 35 

The sun and the moon grow dark;

the stars refuse to shine. 36 

2:11 The voice of the Lord thunders 37  as he leads his army. 38 

Indeed, his warriors 39  are innumerable; 40 

Surely his command is carried out! 41 

Yes, the day of the Lord is awesome 42 

and very terrifying – who can survive 43  it?

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