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2 “I will sweep away everything
from the face of the earth,”c
declares the Lord.
3 “I will sweep away both man and beast;d
I will sweep away the birds in the skye
and the fish in the sea—
and the idols that cause the wicked to stumble.”a
“When I destroy all mankind
on the face of the earth,”f
declares the Lord,g
4 “I will stretch out my handh against Judah
and against all who live in Jerusalem.
I will destroy every remnant of Baal worship in this place,i
the very names of the idolatrous priestsj—
to worship the starry host,k
those who bow down and swear by the Lord
6 those who turn back from followingm the Lord
7 Be silentp before the Sovereign Lord,
for the day of the Lordq is near.
The Lord has prepared a sacrifice;r
he has consecrated those he has invited.
I will punishs the officials
and the king’s sonst
and all those clad
in foreign clothes.
who fill the temple of their gods
with violence and deceit.v
10 “On that day,w”
declares the Lord,
“a cry will go up from the Fish Gate,x
wailingy from the New Quarter,
and a loud crash from the hills.
all your merchants will be wiped out,
and punish those who are complacent,b
who are like wine left on its dregs,c
who think, ‘The Lord will do nothing,d
either good or bad.’e
13 Their wealth will be plundered,f
their houses demolished.
Though they build houses,
they will not live in them;
though they plant vineyards,
they will not drink the wine.”g
near and coming quickly.
The cry on the day of the Lord is bitter;
the Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry.
a day of distress and anguish,
a day of trouble and ruin,
a day of darknessj and gloom,
a day of clouds and blacknessk—
16 a day of trumpet and battle cryl
against the fortified cities
and against the corner towers.m
17 “I will bring such distressn on all people
that they will grope about like those who are blind,o
because they have sinned against the Lord.
Their blood will be poured outp like dust
and their entrails like dung.q
will be able to save them
on the day of the Lord’s wrath.”r
In the fire of his jealousys
the whole earth will be consumed,t
for he will make a sudden end
of all who live on the earth.u
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