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Joel 2:11


2:11 The voice of the Lord thunders 1  as he leads his army. 2 

Indeed, his warriors 3  are innumerable; 4 

Surely his command is carried out! 5 

Yes, the day of the Lord is awesome 6 

and very terrifying – who can survive 7  it?

Joel 2:31


2:31 The sunlight will be turned to darkness

and the moon to the color of blood, 8 

before the day of the Lord comes –

that great and terrible day!

1 tn Heb “the Lord gives his voice.”

2 tn Heb “before his army.”

3 tn Heb “military encampment.”

4 tn Heb “very large.”

5 tn Heb “he makes his word powerful.”

6 tn Or “powerful.” Heb “great.”

7 tn Heb “endure.” The MT and LXX read “endure,” while one of the Qumran manuscripts (4QXXIIc) has “bear.”

8 tn Heb “to blood,” but no doubt this is intended to indicate by metonymy the color of blood rather than the substance itself. The blood red color suggests a visual impression here – something that could be caused by fires, volcanic dust, sandstorms, or other atmospheric phenomena.

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