The Word of God: Joel 2:3-11 – November 10, 2020

3Fire devours in front of them,
and behind them a flame burns.
Before them the land is like the garden of Eden,
but after them a desolate wilderness,
and nothing escapes them.

4They have the appearance of horses,
and like war-horses they charge.
5As with the rumbling of chariots,
they leap on the tops of the mountains,
like the crackling of a flame of fire
devouring the stubble,
like a powerful army
drawn up for battle.

6Before them peoples are in anguish,
all faces grow pale.
7Like warriors they charge,
like soldiers they scale the wall.
Each keeps to its own course,
they do not swerve from their paths.
8They do not jostle one another,
each keeps to its own track;
they burst through the weapons
and are not halted.
9They leap upon the city,
they run upon the walls;
they climb up into the houses,
they enter through the windows like a thief.

10The earth quakes before them,
the heavens tremble.
The sun and the moon are darkened,
and the stars withdraw their shining.
11The LORD utters his voice
at the head of his army;
how vast is his host!
Numberless are those who obey his command.
Truly the day of the LORD is great;
terrible indeed — who can endure it?

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