2 Blow the trumpet 1 in Zion;
sound the alarm signal on my holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land shake with fear,
for the day of the Lord is about to come.
Indeed, 2 it is near! 3
2 It will be 4 a day of dreadful darkness, 5
a day of foreboding storm clouds, 6
like blackness 7 spread over the mountains.
It is a huge and powerful army 8 –
there has never been anything like it ever before,
and there will not be anything like it for many generations to come! 9
3 Like fire they devour everything in their path; 10
a flame blazes behind them.
The land looks like the Garden of Eden 11 before them,
but behind them there is only a desolate wilderness –
for nothing escapes them! 12
4 They look like horses; 13
they charge ahead like war horses.
5 They sound like 14 chariots rumbling 15 over mountain tops,
like the crackling 16 of blazing fire consuming stubble,
like the noise of 17 a mighty army 18 being drawn up for battle. 19
6 People 20 writhe in fear when they see them. 21
All of their faces turn pale with fright. 22
7 They 23 charge 24 like warriors;
they scale walls like soldiers. 25
Each one proceeds on his course;
they do not alter 26 their path.
8 They do not jostle one another; 27
each of them marches straight ahead. 28
They burst through 29 the city defenses 30
and do not break ranks.
9 They rush into 31 the city;
they scale 32 its walls.
They climb up into the houses;
they go in through the windows like a thief.
10 The earth quakes 33 before them; 34
the sky reverberates. 35
The sun and the moon grow dark;
the stars refuse to shine. 36
11 The voice of the Lord thunders 37 as he leads his army. 38
Indeed, his warriors 39 are innumerable; 40
Surely his command is carried out! 41
Yes, the day of the Lord is awesome 42
and very terrifying – who can survive 43 it?
12 “Yet even now,” the Lord says,
“return to me with all your heart –
with fasting, weeping, and mourning.
Tear your hearts, 44
not just your garments!”
13 Return to the Lord your God,
for he is merciful and compassionate,
slow to anger and boundless in loyal love 45 – often relenting from calamitous punishment. 46
14 Who knows?
Perhaps he will be compassionate and grant a reprieve, 47
and leave blessing in his wake 48 –
a meal offering and a drink offering for you to offer to the Lord your God! 49
15 Blow the trumpet 50 in Zion.
Announce a holy fast;
proclaim a sacred assembly!
16 Gather the people;
sanctify an assembly!
Gather the elders;
gather the children and the nursing infants.
Let the bridegroom come out from his bedroom
and the bride from her private quarters. 51
17 Let the priests, those who serve the Lord, weep
from the vestibule all the way back to the altar. 52
Let them say, “Have pity, O Lord, on your people;
please do not turn over your inheritance to be mocked,
to become a proverb 53 among the nations.
Why should it be said 54 among the peoples,
“Where is their God?”
18 Then the Lord became 55 zealous for his land;
he had compassion on his people.
19 The Lord responded 56 to his people,
“Look! I am about to restore your grain 57
as well as fresh wine and olive oil.
You will be fully satisfied. 58
I will never again make you an object of mockery among the nations.
20 I will remove the one from the north 59 far from you.
I will drive him out to a dry and desolate place.
Those in front will be driven eastward into the Dead Sea, 60
and those in back westward into the Mediterranean Sea. 61
His stench will rise up as a foul smell.” 62
Indeed, the Lord 63 has accomplished great things.
21 Do not fear, my land!
Rejoice and be glad,
because the Lord has accomplished great things!
22 Do not fear, wild animals! 64
For the pastures of the wilderness are again green with grass.
Indeed, the trees bear their fruit;
the fig tree and the vine yield to their fullest. 65
23 Citizens of Zion, 66 rejoice!
Be glad because of what the Lord your God has done! 67
For he has given to you the early rains 68 as vindication.
He has sent 69 to you the rains –
both the early and the late rains 70 as formerly.
24 The threshing floors are full of grain;
the vats overflow with fresh wine and olive oil.
25 I will make up for the years 71
that the ‘arbeh-locust 72 consumed your crops 73 –
the yeleq-locust, the hasil-locust, and the gazam-locust –
my great army 74 that I sent against you.
26 You will have plenty to eat,
and your hunger will be fully satisfied; 75
you will praise the name of the Lord your God,
who has acted wondrously in your behalf.
My people will never again be put to shame.
27 You will be convinced that I am in the midst of Israel.
I am the Lord your God; there is no other.
My people will never again be put to shame.
28 76 After all of this 77
I will pour out my Spirit 78 on all kinds of people. 79
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your elderly will have revelatory dreams; 80
your young men will see prophetic visions.
29 Even on male and female servants
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
30 I will produce portents both in the sky 81 and on the earth –
blood, fire, and columns of smoke.
31 The sunlight will be turned to darkness
and the moon to the color of blood, 82
before the day of the Lord comes –
that great and terrible day!
32 It will so happen that
everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered. 83
For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem 84 there will be those who survive, 85
just as the Lord has promised;
the remnant 86 will be those whom the Lord will call. 87
3 1 For look! In those 2 days and at that time
I will return the exiles 3 to Judah and Jerusalem. 4
2 Then I will gather all the nations,
and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. 5
I will enter into judgment 6 against them there
concerning my people Israel who are my inheritance, 7
whom they scattered among the nations.
They partitioned my land,
3 and they cast lots for my people.
They traded 8 a boy for a prostitute;
they sold a little girl for wine so they could drink. 9
4 Why are you doing these things to me, Tyre and Sidon? 10
Are you trying to get even with me, land of Philistia? 11
I will very quickly repay you for what you have done! 12
5 For you took my silver and my gold
and brought my precious valuables to your own palaces. 13
6 You sold Judeans and Jerusalemites to the Greeks,
removing them far from their own country. 14
7 Look! I am rousing them from that place to which you sold them.
I will repay you for what you have done! 15
8 I will sell your sons and daughters to 16 the people of Judah. 17
They will sell them to the Sabeans, 18 a nation far away.
Indeed, the Lord has spoken!
9 Proclaim this among the nations:
“Prepare for a holy war!
Call out the warriors!
Let all these fighting men approach and attack! 19
10 Beat your plowshares 20 into swords,
and your pruning hooks 21 into spears! 22
Let the weak say, ‘I too am a warrior!’ 23
11 Lend your aid 24 and come,
all you surrounding nations,
and gather yourselves 25 to that place.”
Bring down, O Lord, your warriors! 26
12 Let the nations be roused and let them go up
to the valley of Jehoshaphat,
for there I will sit in judgment on all the surrounding nations.
13 Rush forth with 27 the sickle, for the harvest is ripe!
Come, stomp the grapes, 28 for the winepress is full!
The vats overflow.
Indeed, their evil is great! 29
14 Crowds, great crowds are in the valley of decision,
for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision! 30
15 The sun and moon are darkened;
the stars withhold 31 their brightness.
16 The Lord roars from Zion;
from Jerusalem 32 his voice bellows out. 33
The heavens 34 and the earth shake.
But the Lord is a refuge for his people;
he is a stronghold for the citizens 35 of Israel.
17 You will be convinced 36 that I the Lord am your God,
dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain.
Jerusalem 37 will be holy –
conquering armies 38 will no longer pass through it.
18 On that day 39 the mountains will drip with sweet wine, 40
and the hills will flow with milk. 41
All the dry stream beds 42 of Judah will flow with water.
A spring will flow out from the temple 43 of the Lord,
watering the Valley of Acacia Trees. 44
19 Egypt will be desolate
and Edom will be a desolate wilderness,
because of the violence they did to the people of Judah, 45
in whose land they shed innocent blood.
20 But Judah will reside securely forever,
and Jerusalem will be secure 46 from one generation to the next.
21 I will avenge 47 their blood which I had not previously acquitted.
It is the Lord who dwells in Zion!
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, 1 which God gave him to show his servants 2 what must happen very soon. 3 He made it clear 4 by sending his angel to his servant 5 John, 2 who then 6 testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about 7 Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this 8 prophecy aloud, 9 and blessed are 10 those who hear and obey 11 the things written in it, because the time is near! 12
4 From John, 13 to the seven churches that are in the province of Asia: 14 Grace and peace to you 15 from “he who is,” 16 and who was, and who is still to come, 17 and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ – the faithful 18 witness, 19 the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free 20 from our sins at the cost of 21 his own blood 6 and has appointed 22 us as a kingdom, 23 as priests 24 serving his God and Father – to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! 25 Amen.
7 (Look! He is returning with the clouds, 26
and every eye will see him,
even 27 those who pierced him, 28
and all the tribes 29 on the earth will mourn because 30 of him.
This will certainly come to pass! 31 Amen.) 32
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” 33 says the Lord God – the one who is, and who was, and who is still to come – the All-Powerful! 34
9 I, John, your brother and the one who shares 35 with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that 36 are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus. 37 10 I was in the Spirit 38 on the Lord’s Day 39 when 40 I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 saying: “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches – to Ephesus, 41 Smyrna, 42 Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
12 I 43 turned to see whose voice was speaking to me, 44 and when I did so, 45 I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man. 46 He was dressed in a robe extending down to his feet and he wore a wide golden belt 47 around his chest. 14 His 48 head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow, 49 and his eyes were like a fiery 50 flame. 15 His feet were like polished bronze 51 refined 52 in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar 53 of many waters. 16 He held 54 seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His 55 face shone like the sun shining at full strength. 17 When 56 I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but 57 he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, 18 and the one who lives! I 58 was dead, but look, now I am alive – forever and ever – and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! 59 19 Therefore write what you saw, what is, and what will be after these things. 60 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and the seven golden lampstands is this: 61 The seven stars are the angels 62 of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.