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Joel 2:6-18

New American Standard Bible

Chapter 2

6 Before them the people are in anguish; All faces turn pale. 7 They run like warriors, They climb the wall like soldiers; And each of them marches in line, Nor do they lose their way. 8 They do not crowd each other, Every warrior of them marches in his path; When they burst through the defenses, They do not break ranks. 9 They storm the city, They run on the wall; They climb into the houses, They enter through the windows like a thief. 10 Before them the earth quakes, The heavens tremble, The sun and the moon become dark, And the stars lose their brightness. 11 The LORD utters His voice before His army; His camp is indeed very great, For mighty is one who carries out His word. The day of the LORD is indeed great and very awesome, And who can endure it? 12 'Yet even now,' declares the LORD, 'Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping, and mourning; 13 And tear your heart and not merely your garments.' Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in mercy And relenting of catastrophe. 14 Who knows, He might turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him, Resulting in a grain offering and a drink offering For the LORD your God. 15 Blow a trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly, 16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and the nursing infants. Have the groom come out of his room And the bride out of her bridal chamber. 17 Let the priests, the LORD’S ministers, Weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, 'Spare Your people, LORD, And do not make Your inheritance a disgrace, With the nations jeering at them. Why should those among the peoples say, ‘Where is their God?’?' 18 Then the LORD will be zealous for His land, And will have compassion for His people.
King James Version

Chapter 2

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 their shining: 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 the evil. 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 your God? 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 their God?
18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
Christian Standard Bible

Chapter 2

6 Nations writhe in horror before them; all faces turn pale. 7 They attack as warriors attack; they scale walls as men of war do. Each goes on his own path, and they do not change their course. 8 They do not push each other; each proceeds on his own path. They dodge the arrows, never stopping.
9 They storm the city; they run on the wall; they climb into the houses; they enter through the windows like thieves. 10 The earth quakes before them; the sky shakes. The sun and moon grow dark, and the stars cease their shining. 11 The Lord makes his voice heard in the presence of his army. His camp is very large; those who carry out his command are powerful. Indeed, the day of the Lord is terrible and dreadful -- who can endure it?
12 Even now -- this is the Lord's declaration -- turn to me with all your heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning. 13 Tear your hearts, not just your clothes, and return to the Lord your God. For he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in faithful love, and he relents from sending disaster.
14 Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave a blessing behind him, so you can offer a grain offering and a drink offering to the Lord your God. 15 Blow the ram's horn in Zion! Announce a sacred fast; proclaim a solemn assembly. 16 Gather the people; sanctify the congregation; assemble the aged; gather the infants, even babies nursing at the breast. Let the groom leave his bedroom, and the bride her honeymoon chamber. 17 Let the priests, the Lord's ministers, weep between the portico and the altar. Let them say, "Have pity on your people, Lord, and do not make your inheritance a disgrace, an object of scorn among the nations. Why should it be said among the peoples, 'Where is their God? ' "
18 Then the Lord became jealous for his land and spared his people.
New Living Translation

Chapter 2

6 Fear grips all the people; every face grows pale with terror. 7 The attackers march like warriors and scale city walls like soldiers. Straight forward they march, never breaking rank. 8 They never jostle each other; each moves in exactly the right position. They break through defenses without missing a step. 9 They swarm over the city and run along its walls. They enter all the houses, climbing like thieves through the windows. 10 The earth quakes as they advance, and the heavens tremble. The sun and moon grow dark, and the stars no longer shine.
11 The LORD is at the head of the column. He leads them with a shout. This is his mighty army, and they follow his orders. The day of the LORD is an awesome, terrible thing. Who can possibly survive?
12 That is why the LORD says, 'Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. 13 Don't tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.' Return to the LORD your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish. 14 Who knows? Perhaps he will give you a reprieve, sending you a blessing instead of this curse. Perhaps you will be able to offer grain and wine to the LORD your God as before.
15 Blow the ram's horn in Jerusalem! Announce a time of fasting; call the people together for a solemn meeting. 16 Gather all the people--the elders, the children, and even the babies. Call the bridegroom from his quarters and the bride from her private room. 17 Let the priests, who minister in the LORD's presence, stand and weep between the entry room to the Temple and the altar. Let them pray, 'Spare your people, LORD! Don't let your special possession become an object of mockery. Don't let them become a joke for unbelieving foreigners who say, 'Has the God of Israel left them?''
18 Then the LORD will pity his people and jealously guard the honor of his land.
English Standard Version

Chapter 2

6 Before them peoples are in anguish; all faces grow pale. 7 Like warriors they charge; like soldiers they scale the wall. They march each on his way; they do not swerve from their paths. 8 They do not jostle one another; each marches in his path; they burst through the weapons and are not halted. 9 They leap upon the city, they run upon the walls, they climb up into the houses, they enter through the windows like a thief. 10 The earth quakes before them; the heavens tremble. The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining. 11 The LORD utters his voice before his army, for his camp is exceedingly great; he who executes his word is powerful. For the day of the LORD is great and very awesome; who can endure it? 12 “Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; 13 and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. 14 Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD your God? 15 Blow the trumpet in Zion; consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly; 16 gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber. 17 Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep and say, “Spare your people, O LORD, and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’” 18 Then the LORD became jealous for his land and had pity on his people.
New International Version

Chapter 2

6 At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale. 7 They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course. 8 They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead. They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks.
9 They rush upon the city; they run along the wall. They climb into the houses; like thieves they enter through the windows. 10 Before them the earth shakes, the heavens tremble, the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars no longer shine. 11 The LORD thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty is the army that obeys his command. The day of the LORD is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?
12 Even now,' declares the LORD, 'return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.' 13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
14 Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing-- grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God. 15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. 16 Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. 17 Let the priests, who minister before the LORD, weep between the portico and the altar. Let them say, 'Spare your people, LORD. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their God?'" 18 Then the LORD was jealous for his land and took pity on his people.
La Biblia de las Américas

Chapter 2

6 Ante él tiemblan los pueblos, palidecen todos los rostros. 7 Como valientes corren, como soldados escalan la muralla; cada uno marcha por su camino, y no se desvían de sus sendas. 8 No se aprietan uno contra otro, cada cual marcha por su calzada; y cuando irrumpen por las defensas, no rompen las filas. 9 Se lanzan sobre la ciudad, corren por la muralla, suben a las casas, entran por las ventanas como ladrones. 10 Ante ellos tiembla la tierra, se estremecen los cielos, el sol y la luna se oscurecen, y las estrellas pierden su resplandor. 11 El SEÑOR da su voz delante de su ejército, porque es inmenso su campamento, porque poderoso es el que ejecuta su palabra. Grande y terrible es en verdad el día del SEÑOR, ¿y quién podrá soportarlo ?
12 Aun ahora — declara el SEÑOR — volved a mí de todo corazón, con ayuno, llanto y lamento. 13 Rasgad vuestro corazón y no vuestros vestidos ; volved ahora al SEÑOR vuestro Dios, porque El es compasivo y clemente, lento para la ira, abundante en misericordia, y se arrepiente de infligir el mal. 14 ¿Quién sabe si volverá y se apiadará, y dejará tras sí bendición, es decir, ofrenda de cereal y libación para el SEÑOR vuestro Dios? 15 Tocad trompeta en Sion, promulgad ayuno, convocad asamblea, 16 reunid al pueblo, santificad la asamblea, congregad a los ancianos, reunid a los pequeños y a los niños de pecho. Salga el novio de su aposento y la novia de su alcoba. 17 Entre el pórtico y el altar, lloren los sacerdotes, ministros del SEÑOR, y digan: Perdona, oh SEÑOR, a tu pueblo, y no entregues tu heredad al oprobio, a la burla entre las naciones. ¿Por qué han de decir entre los pueblos: “Dónde está su Dios ”?
18 Entonces el SEÑOR se llenará de celo por su tierra, y tendrá piedad de su pueblo.
Nueva Biblia de las Américas

Chapter 2

6 Ante él tiemblan los pueblos, Palidecen todos los rostros. 7 Como valientes corren, Como soldados escalan la muralla; Cada uno marcha por su camino, Y no se desvían de sus sendas. 8 No se aprietan uno contra otro, Cada cual marcha por su calzada; Y cuando irrumpen por las defensas, No rompen las filas. 9 Se lanzan sobre la ciudad, Corren por la muralla, Suben a las casas, Entran por las ventanas como ladrones. 10 Ante ellos tiembla la tierra, Se estremecen los cielos, El sol y la luna se oscurecen, Y las estrellas pierden su resplandor. 11 El SEÑOR da Su voz delante de Su ejército, Porque es inmenso Su campamento, Porque poderoso es el que ejecuta Su palabra. Grande y terrible es en verdad el día del SEÑOR, ¿Y quién podrá soportarlo?
12 “Aun ahora,” declara el SEÑOR “vuelvan a Mí de todo corazón, Con ayuno, llanto y lamento. 13 Rasguen su corazón y no sus vestidos.” Vuelvan ahora al SEÑOR su Dios, Porque El es compasivo y clemente, Lento para la ira, abundante en misericordia, Y se arrepiente de infligir el mal. 14 ¿Quién sabe si reconsidere y se apiade, Y deje tras sí bendición, Es decir, ofrenda de cereal y libación Para el SEÑOR su Dios? 15 Toquen trompeta en Sion, Promulguen ayuno, convoquen asamblea. 16 Reúnan al pueblo, santifiquen la asamblea, Congreguen a los ancianos, Reúnan a los pequeños y a los niños de pecho. Salga el novio de su aposento Y la novia de su alcoba. 17 Entre el pórtico y el altar, Lloren los sacerdotes, ministros del SEÑOR, Y digan: “Perdona, oh SEÑOR, a Tu pueblo, Y no entregues Tu heredad al oprobio, A la burla entre las naciones. ¿Por qué han de decir entre los pueblos: ‘Dónde está su Dios?’”
18 Entonces el SEÑOR se llenará de celo por Su tierra, Y tendrá piedad de Su pueblo.
Nueva Versión Internacional

Chapter 2

6 Ante él se estremecen las naciones; todo rostro palidece. 7 Atacan como guerreros, escalan muros como soldados. Cada uno mantiene la marcha sin romper la formación. 8 No se atropellan entre sí; cada uno marcha en línea. Se lanzan entre las flechas sin romper filas. 9 Se abalanzan contra la ciudad, arremeten contra los muros, trepan por las casas, se meten por las ventanas como ladrones.
10 Ante este ejército tiembla la tierra y se estremece el cielo, el sol y la luna se oscurecen y las estrellas dejan de brillar. 11 Truena la voz del SEÑOR al frente de su ejército; son innumerables sus tropas y poderosos los que ejecutan su palabra. El día del SEÑOR es grande y terrible. ¿Quién lo podrá resistir? 12 «Ahora bien —afirma el SEÑOR—, vuélvanse a mí de todo corazón, con ayuno, llantos y lamentos».
13 Rásguense el corazón y no las vestiduras. Vuélvanse al SEÑOR su Dios, porque él es bondadoso y compasivo, lento para la ira y lleno de amor, cambia de parecer y no castiga. 14 Tal vez Dios reconsidere y cambie de parecer, y deje tras de sí una bendición. Las ofrendas de cereales y las libaciones son del SEÑOR su Dios.
15 Toquen la trompeta en Sión, proclamen el ayuno, convoquen a una asamblea solemne. 16 Congreguen al pueblo, purifiquen la asamblea; junten a los ancianos del pueblo, reúnan a los pequeños y a los niños de pecho. Que salga de su alcoba el recién casado, y la recién casada de su cámara nupcial. 17 Lloren, sacerdotes, ministros del SEÑOR, entre el pórtico y el altar; y digan: «Compadécete, SEÑOR, de tu pueblo. No entregues tu propiedad al oprobio, para que las naciones no se burlen de ella. ¿Por qué habrán de decir entre los pueblos: “Dónde está su Dios?”» 18 Entonces el SEÑOR mostró amor por su tierra y perdonó a su pueblo.
Reina-Valera 1960

Chapter 2

6 Delante de él temerán los pueblos; se pondrán pálidos todos los semblantes. 7 Como valientes correrán, como hombres de guerra subirán el muro; cada cual marchará por su camino, y no torcerá su rumbo. 8 Ninguno estrechará a su compañero, cada uno irá por su carrera; y aun cayendo sobre la espada no se herirán. 9 Irán por la ciudad, correrán por el muro, subirán por las casas, entrarán por las ventanas a manera de ladrones.
10 Delante de él temblará la tierra, se estremecerán los cielos; el sol y la luna se oscurecerán, y las estrellas retraerán su resplandor. 11 Y Jehová dará su orden delante de su ejército; porque muy grande es su campamento; fuerte es el que ejecuta su orden; porque grande es el día de Jehová, y muy terrible; ¿quién podrá soportarlo?
12 Por eso pues, ahora, dice Jehová, convertíos a mí con todo vuestro corazón, con ayuno y lloro y lamento. 13 Rasgad vuestro corazón, y no vuestros vestidos, y convertíos a Jehová vuestro Dios; porque misericordioso es y clemente, tardo para la ira y grande en misericordia, y que se duele del castigo. 14 ¿Quién sabe si volverá y se arrepentirá y dejará bendición tras de él, esto es, ofrenda y libación para Jehová vuestro Dios?
15 Tocad trompeta en Sion, proclamad ayuno, convocad asamblea. 16 Reunid al pueblo, santificad la reunión, juntad a los ancianos, congregad a los niños y a los que maman, salga de su cámara el novio, y de su tálamo la novia. 17 Entre la entrada y el altar lloren los sacerdotes ministros de Jehová, y digan: Perdona, oh Jehová, a tu pueblo, y no entregues al oprobio tu heredad, para que las naciones se enseñoreen de ella. ¿Por qué han de decir entre los pueblos: Dónde está su Dios?
18 Y Jehová, solícito por su tierra, perdonará a su pueblo.
Biblia del Jubileo

Chapter 2

6 Delante de él temerán los pueblos; se pondrán pálidos todos los semblantes. 7 Como valientes correrán, como hombres de guerra subirán la muralla; y cada cual irá en sus caminos, y no torcerán sus sendas. 8 Ninguno apretará a su compañero, cada uno irá por su carrera; y aun cayendo sobre la espada no se herirán. 9 Irán por la ciudad, correrán por el muro, subirán por las casas, entrarán por las ventanas a manera de ladrones. 10 Delante de él temblará la tierra, se estremecerán los cielos; el sol y la luna se oscurecerán, y las estrellas retraerán su resplandor. 11 Y el SEÑOR dará su voz delante de su ejército; porque muchos son sus reales y fuertes, que ponen en efecto su palabra; porque grande es el día del SEÑOR, y muy terrible; ¿y quién lo podrá sufrir?
12 Por eso pues, ahora, dice el SEÑOR, convertíos a mí con todo vuestro corazón, con ayuno y lloro y llanto. 13 Y romped vuestro corazón, y no vuestros vestidos; y convertíos al SEÑOR vuestro Dios; porque misericordioso es y clemente, tardo para la ira, y grande en misericordia, y que se arrepiente del castigo. 14 ¿Quién sabe si se convertirá, y se arrepentirá, y dejará bendición tras de él, presente y libación para el SEÑOR Dios vuestro? 15 Tocad trompeta en Sion, pregonad ayuno, llamad a congregación. 16 Congregad al pueblo, santificad la reunión, juntad a los viejos, congregad a los niños y a los que maman; salga de su cámara el novio, y de su tálamo la novia. 17 Entre la entrada y el altar, lloren los sacerdotes, ministros del SEÑOR, y digan: Perdona, oh SEÑOR, a tu pueblo, y no pongas en oprobio tu heredad, para que los gentiles se enseñoreen de ella. ¿Por qué han de decir entre los pueblos: Dónde está su Dios? 18 Y el SEÑOR, celará su tierra, y perdonará a su pueblo.