King James Version: Joel Chapter 2
1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion , and sound an
alarm in my holy mountain: let all the
inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of
the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day
of clouds and of thick darkness, as the
morning spread upon the mountains: a great
people and a strong; there hath not been ever
the like, neither shall be any more after it,
even to the years of many generations.
3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind
them a flame burneth: the land is as the
garden of Eden before them, and behind them
a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall
4 The appearance of them is as the appearance
of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.
5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of
mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a
flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a
strong people set in battle array.
6 Before their face the people shall be much
pained: all faces shall gather blackness.
7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall
climb the wall like men of war; and they shall
march every one on his ways, and they shall
not break their ranks:
8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall
walk every one in his path: and when they fall
upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they
shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up
upon the houses; they shall enter in at the
windows like a thief.
10 The earth shall quake before them; the
heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon
shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw
11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before
his army: for his camp is very great: for he is
strong that executeth his word: for the day of
the LORD is great and very terrible; and who
can abide it?
12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye
even to me with all your heart, and with
fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
13 And rend your heart, and not your
garments, and turn unto the LORD your God:
for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger ,
and of great kindness, and repenteth him of
14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent,
and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat
offering and a drink offering unto the LORD
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion , sanctify a fast,
call a solemn assembly:
16 Gather the people, sanctify the
congregation, assemble the elders, gather the
children, and those that suck the breasts: let
the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and
the bride out of her closet.
17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD,
weep between the porch and the altar , and let
them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give
not thine heritage to reproach, that the
heathen should rule over them: wherefore
should they say among the people, Where is
18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land,
and pity his people.
19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his
people, Behold, I will send you corn , and wine ,
and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and
I will no more make you a reproach among the
20 But I will remove far off from you the
northern army, and will drive him into a land
barren and desolate, with his face toward the
east sea, and his hinder part toward the
utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and
his ill savour shall come up, because he hath
done great things.
21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for
the LORD will do great things.
22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the
pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the
tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine
do yield their strength.
23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion , and
rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath
given you the former rain moderately, and he
will cause to come down for you the rain, the
former rain , and the latter rain in the first
24 And the floors shall be full of wheat , and
the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
25 And I will restore to you the years that the
locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the
caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great
army which I sent among you.
26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied,
and praise the name of the LORD your God,
that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my
people shall never be ashamed.
27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of
Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and
none else: and my people shall never be
28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I
will pour out my spirit upon all flesh ; and your
sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your
old men shall dream dreams, your young men
shall see visions:
29 And also upon the servants and upon the
handmaids in those days will I pour out my
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and
in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and
the moon into blood, before the great and
terrible day of the LORD come.
32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever
shall call on the name of the LORD shall be
delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem
shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said,
and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.