Shout a war cry in my holy mountain.
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.
The land ahead of it is like the garden of Eʹden,+
But behind it is a desolate wilderness,
And nothing can escape.
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 weaponsj 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.
For the one carrying out His word is mighty;
For the day of Jehovah is great and very awe-inspiring.+
Who can endure it?”+
With fasting+ and weeping and wailing.
And return to Jehovah your God,
And he will reconsiderl the calamity.
And leave behind a blessing,
A grain offering and a drink offering for Jehovah your God?
15 Blow a horn in Zion!
Let the bridegroom go out from his inner chamber, and the bride from her bridal chamber.
‘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?”’+
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,
And his rear guard toward the western sea.f
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.+
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.+
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.+
And that I am Jehovah your God+—there is no other!
My people will never again be put to shame.
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.
Before the coming of the great and awe-inspiring day of Jehovah.+