Joel 2 – NIV & LCB

New International Version

Joel 2:1-32

An Army of Locusts

1Blow the trumpet in Zion;

sound the alarm on my holy hill.

Let all who live in the land tremble,

for the day of the Lord is coming.

It is close at hand—

2a day of darkness and gloom,

a day of clouds and blackness.

Like dawn spreading across the mountains

a large and mighty army comes,

such as never was in ancient times

nor ever will be in ages to come.

3Before them fire devours,

behind them a flame blazes.

Before them the land is like the garden of Eden,

behind them, a desert waste—

nothing escapes them.

4They have the appearance of horses;

they gallop along like cavalry.

5With a noise like that of chariots

they leap over the mountaintops,

like a crackling fire consuming stubble,

like a mighty army drawn up for battle.

6At the sight of them, nations are in anguish;

every face turns pale.

7They charge like warriors;

they scale walls like soldiers.

They all march in line,

not swerving from their course.

8They do not jostle each other;

each marches straight ahead.

They plunge through defenses

without breaking ranks.

9They rush upon the city;

they run along the wall.

They climb into the houses;

like thieves they enter through the windows.

10Before them the earth shakes,

the heavens tremble,

the sun and moon are darkened,

and the stars no longer shine.

11The 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?

Rend Your Heart

12“Even now,” declares the Lord,

“return to me with all your heart,

with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

13Rend 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.

14Who knows? He may turn and relent

and leave behind a blessing—

grain offerings and drink offerings

for the Lord your God.

15Blow the trumpet in Zion,

declare a holy fast,

call a sacred assembly.

16Gather 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.

17Let 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?’ ”

The Lord’s Answer

18Then the Lord was jealous for his land

and took pity on his people.

19The Lord replied2:18,19 Or Lord will be jealous… / and take pity… / 19 The Lord will reply to them:

“I am sending you grain, new wine and olive oil,

enough to satisfy you fully;

never again will I make you

an object of scorn to the nations.

20“I will drive the northern horde far from you,

pushing it into a parched and barren land;

its eastern ranks will drown in the Dead Sea

and its western ranks in the Mediterranean Sea.

And its stench will go up;

its smell will rise.”

Surely he has done great things!

21Do not be afraid, land of Judah;

be glad and rejoice.

Surely the Lord has done great things!

22Do not be afraid, you wild animals,

for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green.

The trees are bearing their fruit;

the fig tree and the vine yield their riches.

23Be glad, people of Zion,

rejoice in the Lord your God,

for he has given you the autumn rains

because he is faithful.

He sends you abundant showers,

both autumn and spring rains, as before.

24The threshing floors will be filled with grain;

the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.

25“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—

the great locust and the young locust,

the other locusts and the locust swarm2:25 The precise meaning of the four Hebrew words used here for locusts is uncertain.

my great army that I sent among you.

26You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,

and you will praise the name of the Lord your God,

who has worked wonders for you;

never again will my people be shamed.

27Then you will know that I am in Israel,

that I am the Lord your God,

and that there is no other;

never again will my people be shamed.

The Day of the Lord

28“And afterward,

I will pour out my Spirit on all people.

Your sons and daughters will prophesy,

your old men will dream dreams,

your young men will see visions.

29Even on my servants, both men and women,

I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

30I will show wonders in the heavens

and on the earth,

blood and fire and billows of smoke.

31The sun will be turned to darkness

and the moon to blood

before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

32And everyone who calls

on the name of the Lord will be saved;

for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem

there will be deliverance,

as the Lord has said,

even among the survivors

whom the Lord calls.2:32 In Hebrew texts 2:28-32 is numbered 3:1-5.

Luganda Contemporary Bible

Yoweeri 2:1-32

Okulabula ku Lunaku lwa Mukama Olujja

12:1 a Yer 4:5 b nny 15 c Yo 1:15; Zef 1:14-16 d Ob 15Bakabona mufuuyire ekkondeere mu Sayuuni.

N’akagombe ak’okulabula kavugire ku lusozi lwange olutukuvu.

Buli muntu yenna mu ggwanga akankane olw’entiisa,

kubanga olunaku lwa Mukama lusembedde,

era lunaatera okutuuka.

22:2 a Am 5:18 b Dan 9:12 c Yo 1:6 d Yo 1:2Luliba olunaku olutaliiko ssanyu, olw’ekizikiza;

olunaku olw’ebire ebingi n’ekizikiza ekikutte.

Eggye ery’enzige ery’amaanyi ennyo,

ng’ery’abantu abalwanyi ab’ekitalo, libuutikidde ensozi.

Tewabangawo ggye lirifaanana mu biro byonna eby’edda,

era teribaayo liryenkana mu mirembe gyonna egiriddawo.

32:3 a Lub 2:8 b Zab 105:34-35Enzige ezikulembedde zirya ng’omuliro ogwokya buli wantu,

n’ezizivaako emabega nazo zibizikiririze ddala ng’ennimi z’omuliro.

Mu maaso gye ziraga ensi erabika bulungi ng’ennimiro ya Adeni,

naye gye ziva buli kimu zikiridde;

ensi yonna zigirese nga ddungu jjereere.

42:4 Kub 9:7Zifaanana ng’embalaasi,

era zidduka ng’embalaasi ez’entalo.

52:5 a Kub 9:9 b Is 5:24; 30:30Zigenda zibuuka ku nsozi

nga zikekera ng’amagaali agasikibwa embalaasi bwe gakekera;

ne ziwuuma nga bwe zitulikatulika ng’omuliro ogwokya ebisubi ebikalu; era nga

ziri ng’eggye eddene mu lutalo eryetegekedde okulumba omulabe.

62:6 a Is 13:8 b Nak 2:10Abantu abazirabyeko nga zisembera bali mu bulumi bungi,

era bonna beeraliikirivu.

72:7 Is 5:27Zirumba n’amaanyi ng’eggye ery’abalwanyi,

ne ziwalampa ebisenge ng’abajaasi.

Zikumbira mu nnyiriri zaazo nga zitereera bulungi

awatali kuwaba n’akamu.

8Tezirinnyaganako,

buli emu ekumbira mu kkubo lyayo.

Ziwaguza mu buli kyakulwanyisa kyonna,

ne watabaawo kisobola kuziziyiza.

92:9 Yer 9:21Zifubutuka ne zigwira ekibuga.

Zikiwalampa ne zibuna bbugwe waakyo.

Zirinnya amayumba

ne ziyingirira mu madirisa ng’ababbi bwe bakola.

102:10 a Zab 18:7 b Mat 24:29 c Is 13:10; Ez 32:8Zikankanya ensi

era n’eggulu ne lijugumira.

Zibuutikira enjuba n’omwezi,

era n’emmunyeenye tezikyayaka.

112:11 a Yo 1:15 b Zef 1:14; Kub 18:8 c Ez 22:14Mukama akulembera eggye lye

n’eddoboozi eribwatuuka.

Eggye lya Mukama ddene nnyo era lya maanyi.

Abalirimu abatuukiriza ebiragiro bye ba maanyi.

Kubanga olunaku lwa Mukama lukulu

era lwa ntiisa nnyo.

Ani ayinza okulugumira?

Abantu Bayitibwa Okwenenya

122:12 Yer 4:1; Kos 12:6Mukama kyava agamba nti,

“Mukomeewo gye ndi n’omutima gwammwe gwonna.

Mukomeewo n’okusiiba n’okukaaba awamu n’okukungubaga.”

132:13 a Zab 34:18; Is 57:15 b Yob 1:20 c Kuv 34:6 d Yer 18:8Muyuze emitima gyammwe

so si byambalo byammwe.

Mudde eri Mukama Katonda wammwe,

kubanga ajjudde ekisa n’okusaasira,

era tasunguwala mangu; ajjudde okwagala okutaggwaawo;

n’abandisaanidde okubonerezebwa abasonyiwa.

142:14 a Yer 26:3 b Kag 2:19 c Yo 1:13Ani amanyi obanga anaakyuka n’abasonyiwa,

n’abawa omukisa gwe

ne musobola n’okuwaayo eri Mukama Katonda wammwe

ekiweebwayo eky’emmere enkalu, n’ekiweebwayo eky’ekyokunywa?

152:15 a Kbl 10:2 b Yer 36:9 c Yo 1:14Mufuuyire ekkondeere mu Sayuuni,

mulangirire okusiiba okutukuvu.

Muyite olukuŋŋaana olussaamu Katonda ekitiibwa.

162:16 a Kuv 19:10, 22 b Zab 19:5Mukuŋŋaanye abantu bonna.

Mutukuze ekibiina ekyo ekikuŋŋaanye.

Muyite abakulu abakulembeze.

Muleete abaana abato

n’abo abakyali ku mabeere.

N’oyo eyakawasa aveeyo mu kisenge kye,

n’eyakafumbirwa naye aveeyo gy’ali.

172:17 a Ez 8:16; Mat 23:35 b Ma 9:26-29; Zab 44:13 c Zab 42:3Bakabona abaweereza ba Mukama

bayimirire wakati w’ekisasi kya yeekaalu n’ekyoto,

bakaabirire Mukama nga bamusaba nti, “Saasira abantu bo, Ayi Mukama;

abantu b’obusika bwo tobaleka kugwa mu mikono gya bannamawanga okubafuga

era n’okubasekerera.

Bannamawanga baleme kuduula nga boogera nti,

‘Katonda waabwe ali ludda wa?’ ”

Mukama Asaasira Abantu Be

182:18 Zek 1:14Awo Mukama n’akwatirwa ensi ye ekisa,

n’asaasira abantu be.

192:19 a Yer 31:12 b Ez 34:29N’ayanukula abantu be nti,

“Muwulirize, nzija kubaweereza emmere enkalu, n’envinnyo, n’amafuta,

ebimala okubakkusiza ddala,

era siriddayo kubaleka, ne mufuuka ekivume,

bannaggwanga amalala ne babasekerera.

202:20 a Yer 1:14-15 b Is 34:3“Ndibagobako eggye ery’omu bukiikakkono

ne ndigobera mu ddungu ery’ewala ennyo.

Ekibinja ekikulembeddemu ndikigobera mu nnyanja ey’Ebuvanjuba,

n’ekibinja eky’emabega ndikigobera mu nnyanja ey’Ebugwanjuba.

Ekivundu n’okuwunya birituuka wala

okusinga ebyo byonna bye libakoze.”

212:21 a Is 54:4; Zef 3:16-17 b Zab 126:3Mwe abali mu nsi, temutya.

Musanyuke era mujaguze;

kubanga Mukama abakoledde ebikulu.

222:22 a Zab 65:12 b Yo 1:18-20Nammwe ensolo ez’omu nsiko temutya;

kubanga omuddo gwonna mu nsiko gusibukidde.

Emiti gibaze ebibala byagyo,

era emitiini n’emizabbibu nagyo gibaze ebibala bingi.

232:23 a Zab 149:2; Is 12:6; 41:16; Kbk 3:18; Zek 10:7 b Lv 26:4Musanyuke mmwe abaana ba Sayuuni;

mujagulize Mukama Katonda wammwe.

Kubanga abawadde

enkuba esooka mu butuukirivu.

Era abawadde enkuba nnyingi esooka n’esembayo

mu mwaka ng’obw’edda.

242:24 a Lv 26:10; Mal 3:10 b Am 9:13Amawuuliro gammwe galijjula eŋŋaano,

n’amasogolero gammwe galijjula envinnyo n’amafuta n’okubooga ne gabooga.

25“Ndibaddizaawo byonna enzige bye zaalya mu myaka egyo.

Lyali ggye lyange ery’amaanyi lye nabasindikira nga lirimu lusejjera,

n’enzige ezisala obusazi,

awamu n’ezo ezizikiririza ddala.

262:26 a Lv 26:5 b Is 62:9 c Zab 126:3; Is 25:1Kale, munaabanga n’ebyokulya bingi nga bwe muneetaaganga.

Munaatenderezanga erinnya lya Mukama Katonda wammwe

abakoledde ebintu ebirungi bwe bityo.

Era abantu bange tebakyaddayo kuswazibwa.

272:27 Yo 3:17Mulimanya nga ndi wakati mu Isirayiri,

era nga Nze, Mukama, Nze Katonda wammwe,

so tewali mulala;

n’abantu bange tebakyaddayo kuswazibwa.

Mukama Afuka Omwoyo We ku Bantu Be

282:28 Ez 39:29“Awo olulituuka oluvannyuma lw’ebyo,

ndifuka Omwoyo wange ku bantu bonna.

Batabani bammwe ne bawala bammwe balitegeeza eby’omu maaso;

abakadde baliroota ebirooto,

n’abavubuka bammwe balyolesebwa.

292:29 1Ko 12:13; Bag 3:28Mu biro ebyo

ndifuka Omwoyo wange ku baweereza bange abasajja n’abakazi.

302:30 a Luk 21:11 b Mak 13:24-25Era ndyolesa ebyamagero mu ggulu

ne ku nsi:

omusaayi n’omuliro n’ekikoomi eky’omukka.

312:31 a Mat 24:29 b Is 13:9-10; Mal 4:1, 5Enjuba erifuuka ekizikiza,

n’omwezi gulimyuka ng’omusaayi,

olunaku lwa Mukama olukulu era olw’entiisa nga terunnatuuka.

322:32 a Bik 2:17-21*; Bar 10:13* b Is 46:13 c Ob 17 d Is 11:11; Mi 4:7; Bar 9:27Awo olulituuka buli alikoowoola

erinnya lya Mukama okusaasirwa alirokoka.

Kubanga mu lusozi Sayuuni ne mu Yerusaalemi

walibaawo abaliwona

nga Mukama bw’ayogedde,

ne mu abo abalifikkawo

mulibaamu abo Mukama b’aliyita.”