Bible: Joel 2:2-11

2:2 It will be 1  a day of dreadful darkness, 2 

a day of foreboding storm clouds, 3 

like blackness 4  spread over the mountains.

It is a huge and powerful army 5 

there has never been anything like it ever before,

and there will not be anything like it for many generations to come! 6 

2:3 Like fire they devour everything in their path; 7 

a flame blazes behind them.

The land looks like the Garden of Eden 8  before them,

but behind them there is only a desolate wilderness

for nothing escapes them! 9 

2:4 They look like horses; 10 

they charge ahead like war horses.

2:5 They sound like 11  chariots rumbling 12  over mountain tops,

like the crackling 13  of blazing fire consuming stubble,

like the noise of 14  a mighty army 15  being drawn up for battle. 16 

2:6 People 17  writhe in fear when they see them. 18 

All of their faces turn pale with fright. 19 

2:7 They 20  charge 21  like warriors;

they scale walls like soldiers. 22 

Each one proceeds on his course;

they do not alter 23  their path.

2:8 They do not jostle one another; 24 

each of them marches straight ahead. 25 

They burst through 26  the city defenses 27 

and do not break ranks.

2:9 They rush into 28  the city;

they scale 29  its walls.

They climb up into the houses;

they go in through the windows like a thief.

2:10 The earth quakes 30  before them; 31 

the sky reverberates. 32 

The sun and the moon grow dark;

the stars refuse to shine. 33 

2:11 The voice of the Lord thunders 34  as he leads his army. 35 

Indeed, his warriors 36  are innumerable; 37 

Surely his command is carried out! 38 

Yes, the day of the Lord is awesome 39 

and very terrifying – who can survive 40  it?

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