A Call to Repentance and Prayer (continued)
2:2a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, as the dawn spread upon the mountains; a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after them, even to the years of many generations.
2:4The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so do they run.
2:6At their presence the peoples are in anguish; all faces are waxed pale.
2:8Neither doth one thrust another; they march every one in his path; and they burst through the weapons, and break not off their course.
2:9They leap upon the city; they run upon the wall; they climb up into the houses; they enter in at the windows like a thief.
2:15Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly;
2:16gather the people, sanctify the assembly, assemble the old men, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts; let the bridegroom go forth from his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
2:17Let the priests, the ministers of Jehovah, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Jehovah, and give not thy heritage to reproach, that the nations should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the peoples, Where is their God?
God’s Response and Promise
2:20but I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive it into a land barren and desolate, its forepart into the eastern sea, and its hinder part into the western sea; and its stench shall come up, and its ill savor shall come up, because it hath done great things.
2:23Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in Jehovah your God; for he giveth you the former rain in just measure, and he causeth to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, in the first month.
2:25And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the canker-worm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer-worm, my great army which I sent among you.
God’s Spirit Poured Out
2:28And 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:
2:30And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 2:31The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of Jehovah cometh. 2:32And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Jehovah shall be delivered; for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those that escape, as Jehovah hath said, and among the remnant those whom Jehovah doth call.
Fillmore Study Bible annotations compiled by Mark Hicks
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