The prophet foretells the terrible day of the Lord; exhorts sinners to a sincere conversion; and comforts God's people with promises of future blessings under Christ.
1 Blow ye the trumpet in Sion, sound an alarm in my holy mountain, let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: because the day of the Lord cometh, because it is nigh at hand,
Canite tuba in Sion, ululate in monte sancto meo, conturbentur omnes habitatores terrae : quia venit dies Domini, quia prope est.
2 A day of darkness, and of gloominess, a day of clouds and whirlwinds: a numerous and strong people as the morning spread upon the mountains: the like to it hath not been from the beginning, nor shall be after it even to the years of generation and generation.
Dies tenebrarum et caliginis, dies nubis et turbinis; quasi mane expansum super montes populus multus et fortis : similis ei non fuit a principio, et post eum non erit usque in annos generationis et generationis.
3 Before the face thereof a devouring fire, and behind it a burning flame: the land is like a garden of pleasure before it, and behind it a desolate wilderness, neither is there any one that can escape it.
Ante faciem ejus ignis vorans, et post eum exurens flamma. Quasi hortus voluptatis terra coram eo, et post eum solitudo deserti, neque est qui effugiat eum.
4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses, and they shall run like horsemen.
Quasi aspectus equorum, aspectus eorum; et quasi equites, sic current.
5 They shall leap like the noise of chariots upon the tops of mountains, like the noise of a flame of fire devouring the stubble, as a strong people prepared to battle.
Sicut sonitus quadrigarum super capita montium exilient, sicut sonitus flammae ignis devorantis stipulam, velut populus fortis praeparatus ad praelium.
6 At their presence the people shall be in grievous pains: all faces shall be made like a kettle.
A facie ejus cruciabuntur populi; omnes vultus redigentur in ollam.
7 They shall run like valiant men: like men of war they shall scale the wall: the men shall march every one on his way, and they shall not turn aside from their ranks.
Sicut fortes current; quasi viri bellatores ascendent murum : viri in viis suis gradientur, et non declinabunt a semitis suis.
8 No one shall press upon his brother: they shall walk every one in his path: yea, and they shall fall through the windows, and shall take no harm.
Unusquisque fratrem suum non coarctabit, singuli in calle suo ambulabunt; sed et per fenestras cadent, et non demolientur.
9 They shall enter into the city: they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up the houses, they shall come in at the windows as a thief.
Urbem ingredientur, in muro current, domos conscendent, per fenestras intrabunt quasi fur.
10 At their presence the earth hath trembled, the heavens are moved: the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars have withdrawn their shining.
A facie ejus contremuit terra, moti sunt caeli, sol et luna obtenebrati sunt, et stellae retraxerunt splendorem suum.
11 And the Lord hath uttered his voice before the face of his army: for his armies are exceeding great, for they are strong and execute his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible: and who can stand it?
Et Dominus dedit vocem suam ante faciem exercitus sui, quia multa sunt nimis castra ejus, quia fortia et facientia verbum ejus : magnus enim dies Domini, et terribilis valde, et quis sustinebit eum?
12 Now therefore saith the Lord: Be converted to me with all your heart, in fasting, and in weeping, and in mourning.
Nunc ergo, dicit Dominus, convertimini ad me in toto corde vestro, in jejunio, et in fletu, et in planctu.
13 And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and ready to repent of the evil.
Et scindite corda vestra, et non vestimenta vestra; et convertimini ad Dominum Deum vestrum, quia benignus et misericors est, patiens et multae misericordiae, et praestabilis super malitia.
14 Who knoweth but he will return, and forgive, and leave a blessing behind him, sacrifice and libation to the Lord your God?
Quis scit si convertatur, et ignoscat, et relinquat post se benedictionem, sacrificium et libamen Domino Deo vestro?
15 Blow the trumpet in Sion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly,
Canite tuba in Sion, sanctificate jejunium, vocate coetum :
16 Gather together the people, sanctify the church, assemble the ancients, gather together the little ones, and them that suck at the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth from his bed, and the bride out of her bride chamber.
congregate populum, sanctificate ecclesiam, coadunate senes, congregate parvulos, et sugentes ubera; egrediatur sponsus de cubili suo, et sponsa de thalamo suo.
17 Between the porch and the altar the priests the Lord's ministers shall weep, and shall say: Spare, O Lord, spare thy people: and give not thy inheritance to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them. Why should they say among the nations: Where is their God?
Inter vestibulum et altare plorabunt sacerdotes, ministri Domini, et dicent : Parce, Domine, parce populo tuo; et ne des haereditatem tuam in opprobrium, ut dominentur eis nationes. Quare dicunt in populis : Ubi est Deus eorum?
18 The Lord hath been zealous for his land, and hath spared his people.
Zelatus est Dominus terram suam, et pepercit populo suo.
19 And the Lord answered and said to his people: Behold I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and you shall be filled with them: and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations.
Et respondit Dominus, et dixit populo suo : Ecce ego mittam vobis frumentum, et vinum, et oleum, et replebimini eis; et non dabo vos ultra opprobrium in gentibus.
20 And I will remove far off from you the northern enemy: and I will drive him into a land unpassable, and desert, with his face towards the east sea, and his hinder part towards the utmost sea: and his stench shall ascend, and his rottenness shall go up, because he hath done proudly.
Et eum qui ab aquilone est procul faciam a vobis, et expellam eum in terram inviam et desertam : faciem ejus contra mare orientale, et extremum ejus ad mare novissimum : et ascendet foetor ejus, et ascendet putredo ejus, quia superbe egit.
21 Fear not, O land, be glad and rejoice: for the Lord hath done great things.
Noli timere, terra : exsulta, et laetare, quoniam magnificavit Dominus ut faceret.
22 Fear not, ye beasts of the fields: for the beautiful places of the wilderness are sprung, for the tree hath brought forth its fruit, the fig tree, and the vine have yielded their strength.
Nolite timere, animalia regionis, quia germinaverunt speciosa deserti; quia lignum attulit fructum suum, ficus et vinea dederunt virtutem suam.
23 And you, O children of Sion, rejoice, and be joyful in the Lord your God: because he hath given you a teacher of justice, and he will make the early and the latter rain to come down to you as in the beginning.
Et, filii Sion, exsultate, et laetamini in Domino Deo vestro, quia dedit vobis doctorem justitiae, et descendere faciet ad vos imbrem matutinum et serotinum, sicut in principio.
24 And the floors shall be filled with wheat, and the presses shall overflow with wine and oil.
Et implebuntur areae frumento, et redundabunt torcularia vino et oleo.
25 And I will restore to you the ears which the locust, and the bruchus, and the mildew, and the palmerworm have eaten; my great host which I sent upon you.
Et reddam vobis annos, quos comedit locusta, bruchus, et rubigo, et eruca : fortitudo mea magna quam misi in vos.
26 And you shall eat in plenty, and shall be filled: and you shall praise the name of the Lord your God, who hath done wonders with you, and my people shall not be confounded for ever.
Et comedetis vescentes, et saturabimini; et laudabitis nomen Domini Dei vestri, qui fecit mirabilia vobiscum; et non confundetur populus meus in sempiternum.
27 And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: and I am the Lord your God, and there is none besides: and my people shall not be confounded for ever.
Et scietis quia in medio Israel ego sum, et ego Dominus Deus vester, et non est amplius; et non confundetur populus meus in aeternum.
28 And it shall come to pass after this, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy: your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.
Et erit post haec : effundam spiritum meum super omnem carnem, et prophetabunt filii vestri et filiae vestrae : senes vestri somnia somniabunt, et juvenes vestri visiones videbunt.
29 Moreover upon my servants and handmaids in those days I will pour forth my spirit.
Sed et super servos meos et ancillas in diebus illis effundam spiritum meum.
30 And I will shew wonders in heaven; and in earth, blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke.
Et dabo prodigia in caelo et in terra, sanguinem, et ignem, et vaporem fumi.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood: before the great and dreadful day of the Lord doth come.
Sol convertetur in tenebras, et luna in sanguinem, antequam veniat dies Domini magnus et horribilis.
32 And it shall come to pass, that every one that shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved: for in mount Sion, and in Jerusalem shall be salvation, as the Lord hath said, and in the residue whom the Lord shall call.
Et erit : omnis qui invocaverit nomen Domini, salvus erit : quia in monte Sion et in Jerusalem erit salvatio, sicut dixit Dominus, et in residuis quos Dominus vocaverit.