Joel 2
International Standard Version

The Warning of God

1“Sound the ram’s horn in Zion!

Sound an alarm on my holy mountain!

Tremble, all of youa inhabitants of the land,

because the Day of the LORD is coming.

Oh, how near it is!

2A day of doom and gloom,

a day of clouds and shadowsb

like the dawn spreads out to cover the mountains—

a people strong and robust.

Never has there been anything like it,

neither will anything follow to compare withc it,

even through the lifetime of generation upon generation.”d

Joel’s Description of the Approaching Army

3“A fire blazes in their presence,

and behind them a conflagration rages.

Before they come, the land is like the garden in Eden;

after they leave, there is only a barren wasteland.

Indeed, nothing escapes them.

4As to their form, they’re like horses;

and like chariot horses, how they cane run!

5They leap like the rumbling of chariots echoing from mountain tops,

like the roar of wild fire that devours the chaff,

as an armyf firmly established in battle array.

6The people are terrified in their presence;

every face grows pale.g

7They run like elite soldiers,

climbing ramparts like men trained for war.

Each man advances in proper order,

never breaking rank.

8Neither does a man crowd his fellow soldier;h

each one marches in his own path.

When they fall by the sword

they are not injured.

9They swarm through the city,

running upon its ramparts.

Climbing atop the houses,

they enter through windows like a thief.”

Great is the Day of the LORD

10“The land quivers in their presence;

even the heavens shake.

The sun and moon will grow dark,

and the stars will stop shining.

11The LORD will shout in the presence of his forces,

because his encampment is very great;

for powerful is he who carries out his message.

Truly the Day of the LORD is great, and very terrifying.

Who will be able to survivei it?”

Repentance and Restoration

12“Yet even now,” declares the LORD,

“Turn back to me with your whole heart,

with fasting, tears, and mourning.

13Tear your hearts, not your garments;j

and turn back to the LORD your God.

For he is gracious and compassionate,

slow to become angry,

overflowing in gracious love,

and grieves about this evil.

14Who knows? He will turn back and relent, will he not,

leaving behind a blessing,

even a grain offering and drink offering for the LORD your God?”

A Public Call to a Solemn Assembly

15“Sound the ram’s horn in Zion!

Dedicate a fast and call for a solemn assembly!

16Gather the people!

Dedicate the congregation!

Bring in the elders.

Gather the youngsters

and even the nursing infants.

Call the bridegroom from his wedding preparations,k

and the bride from her dressing room.

17As they servel between the porch and the altar,

let the priests and ministers of the LORD weep and pray:

‘Spare your people, LORD,

and do not make your heritage a disgrace

so that nations ridicule them.

Why should they say among the people,

“Where is their God?”’”

Response to the People’s Repentance

18Then the LORD will show great concern for his land,

and will have compassion on his people.

19The LORD will say to his people,

“Look! I will send you grain, new wine, and oil,

and you will be content with them.

I will no longer cause you to be a disgrace among the nations.”

Destruction of the Invaders

20“I will remove the northernersm from you,

driving themn to a barren and desolate land—

the front toward the Dead Seao

and the back toward the Mediterranean.p

Their stench will rise,

and their stinking odor will ascend,

because they have done great things.”

The LORD’s Restoration of the Land

21“Stop being afraid, land!

Rejoice and be glad,

because the LORD will do great things.

22Stop being afraid, beasts of the field,

because the desert pastures will bloom,

the trees will bear their fruit,

and the fig tree and vine will deliver their wealth.

23And so be glad, children of Zion,

and rejoice in the LORD your God,

because he has given you the right amount of early rain,

and he will cause the rain to fall for you,

both the early rain and the later rain as before.

24The threshing floors will be smothered in grain,

and the vats will overflow with wine and oil.

25“Then I will restore to you the years that the locust swarm devoured,

as did the young locust, the other locusts, and the ravaging locust,

that great army of mine that I sent among you.

26You will have plenty to eat, and will be fully satisfied.

You will praise the name of the LORD your God,

who has performed wonders specifically for you.

And my people will never be ashamed.

27As a result, you will know that I am in the midst of Israel;

that I myself am the LORD your God—

and there is none other!

And my people will never be ashamed.”

The Day of the LORD

28 q “Then it will come about at a later time

that I will pour out my Spirit on every person.

Your sons and your daughters will prophesy.

Your elderly people will dream dreams,

and your young people will see visions.

29Also at that time I will pour out my Spirit

upon men and women servants.

30I will display warnings in the heavens,

and on the earth blood, fire, and columns of smoke.

31The sun will be given over to darkness,

and the moon to blood,

before the coming of the great and terrifying Day of the LORD.

32And everyone who calls upon the name of the LORD will be delivered.

For as the LORD has said,

‘In Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape,

the survivors whom the LORD is calling.’”

a 2:1 The Heb. lacks of you
b 2:2 Cf. Zeph 1:15b
c 2:2 The Heb. lacks to compare with
d 2:2 Lit. the years of generation and generation
e 2:4 The Heb. lacks can
f 2:5 Lit. people
g 2:6 Lit. gathers blackness; cf. Nah 2:10b
h 2:8 Lit. his brother
i 2:11 Or comprehend
j 2:13 An allusion to Heb. custom of tearing the outer clothing in response to mourning
k 2:16 Lit. Bring out the bridegroom from his wedding chamber
l 2:17 The Heb. lacks As they serve
m 2:20 Lit. the North; i.e. the army that comes from the North
n 2:20 Lit. him; i.e. the northern army symbolized as an individual
o 2:20 Lit. the eastern sea
p 2:20 Lit. the western sea
q 2:28 This verse is 3:1 in MT, v. 29 is 3:2, and so through the end of the chapter.

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