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Online Bible | NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (2013 REVISION)
2 “Blow a horn in Zion!+ Shout a war cry in my holy mountain. Let all the inhabitants of the land* tremble, For the day of Jehovah is coming!+ It is near! 2 It is a day of darkness and gloom,+ A day of clouds and thick gloom,+ Like light of dawn spreading out on the mountains. There is a people numerous and mighty;+ Never before has there been one like it, And never again will there be another Through the years of all generations. 3 Ahead of it a fire devours, And behind it a flame consumes.+ The land ahead of it is like the garden of Eʹden,+ But behind it is a desolate wilderness, And nothing can escape. 4 Its appearance is like the appearance of horses, And they run like warhorses.+ 5 The sound is like that of chariots as they leap on the mountaintops,+ Like the crackling of a blazing fire that consumes stubble. It is like a mighty people drawn up in battle formation.+ 6 Because of them, peoples will be in anguish. Every face will grow flushed. 7 They charge like warriors, They scale a wall like soldiers, Each keeps to his own course, And they do not swerve from their paths. 8 They do not shove one another; Each man advances in his course. If the weapons* cause some to fall, The others do not break ranks. 9 Into the city they rush, on the wall they run. Onto the houses they climb, through the windows they enter like a thief. 10 Before them the land trembles and the heavens rock. Sun and moon have become dark,+ And the stars have lost their brightness. 11 Jehovah will raise his voice before his army,+ for his camp is very numerous.+ For the one carrying out His word is mighty; For the day of Jehovah is great and very awe-inspiring.+ Who can endure it?”+ 12 “Yet even now,” declares Jehovah, “return to me with all your hearts,+ With fasting+ and weeping and wailing. 13 Rip apart your hearts,+ and not your garments,+ And return to Jehovah your God, For he is compassionate* and merciful, slow to anger+ and abundant in loyal love,+ And he will reconsider* the calamity. 14 Who knows whether he will turn back and reconsider*+ And leave behind a blessing, A grain offering and a drink offering for Jehovah your God? 15 Blow a horn in Zion! Proclaim* a fast; call for a solemn assembly.+ 16 Gather the people; sanctify the congregation.+ Collect the old men;* gather the children and nursing infants.+ Let the bridegroom go out from his inner chamber, and the bride from her bridal chamber. 17 Between the porch and the altar+ Let the priests, the ministers of Jehovah, weep and say: ‘Do feel pity, O Jehovah, for your people; Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, Letting the nations rule over them. Why should the peoples say, “Where is their God?”’+ 18 Then Jehovah will be zealous for his land And show compassion on his people.+ 19 Jehovah will answer his people: ‘Here I am sending to you grain and new wine and oil, And you will be fully satisfied;+ I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations.+ 20 I will drive the northerner far away from you; I will disperse him to a dry and desolate wasteland, With his vanguard* toward the eastern sea* And his rear guard toward the western sea.* The foul smell from him will ascend, The stench from him will keep ascending;+ For He will do great things.’ 21 Do not be afraid, O land. Be joyful and rejoice, for Jehovah will do great things. 22 Do not be afraid, you beasts of the field, For the pastures of the wilderness will become green,+ And the trees will bear fruit;+ The fig tree and the vine must give their full yield.+ 23 You sons of Zion, be joyful and rejoice in Jehovah your God;+ For he will give you the autumn rain in the right amount, And he will send upon you a downpour, The autumn rain and the spring rain, as before.+ 24 The threshing floors will be full of pure grain, And the presses will overflow with new wine and oil.+ 25 And I will make compensation to you for the years That the swarming locust, the unwinged locust, the voracious locust, and the devouring locust have eaten, My great army that I sent among you.+ 26 You will surely eat to satisfaction,+ And you will praise the name of Jehovah your God,+ Who has done wonders in your behalf; My people will never again be put to shame.+ 27 And you will have to know that I am in the midst of Israel+ And that I am Jehovah your God+—there is no other! My people will never again be put to shame. 28 After that I will pour out my spirit+ on every sort of flesh, And your sons and your daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, And your young men will see visions.+ 29 And even on my male slaves and female slaves I will pour out my spirit in those days. 30 And I will give wonders* in the heavens and on the earth, Blood and fire and columns of smoke.+ 31 The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood+ Before the coming of the great and awe-inspiring day of Jehovah.+ 32 And everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved;+ For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape,+ just as Jehovah has said, The survivors whom Jehovah calls.”