Joel 2

1. Sound the trumpet in Çihyoon,* and cry out on my holy mountain* -- all the inhabitants of the earth shall be shaken, for the Day of Maryah has arrived.
2. And there approached the day of darkness and gloom, an overcast day full of foreboding.* Like the twilight that spreads over the mountains -- a numerous and powerful nation the like of which there never was from the beginning of time,* and subsequently there never will be to the last centuries of all the generations.
3. Before him* there stands a fire and behind him the paths are burning; the land before him is like the Paradise of Eden, and behind him a wasteland of wilderness, and nothing can be captured from him.
4. Like a vision of horses he* appears, and they run like warriors.
5. Like the sound of chariots [awaiting anxiously*] on top of the mountains, and like the sound of flames that consume the stuble, and like a mighty nation lined up for battle.
6. From before him* all the nations are shaken, and all the faces darkened like the ashes of the potter.
7. They run like men [to do battle,] and they scale the walls like warriors, and each man goes on his way and none of them break formation.*
8. A man does not shove his fellow warrior aside -- they might fall from the weight of their armor, and they might not reach the top.*
9. They climb into cities and they run on walls, and over houses they climb, and they enter through the windows like thieves.
10. Before him* the earth trembled and the heaven was shaken, like the sun and the moon were darkened, and the light of the stars was diminished;
11. And Maryah spoke loudly before his forces,* because truly large was His encampment, and powerful were the effects of His commandments, because magnificent is the Day of Maryah, and truly overpowering -- and who can comfort Him?"*
12. "Henceforth," said Maryah, "return to me with all your hearts, through fasting, weeping and writhing.
13. Rend your hearts and not your garments, and turn back to Maryah your Allaha, because He is forgiving and compassionate, and patient in spirit,* and abundantly gracious, and He conquers* evil.
14. Who knows if He shall return to you and have mercy on you, enrich us and enrich His land with blessings, wheat and libation -- to your Maryah Allaha.
15. Sound the trumpet in Çihyoon,* sanctify the fast, call the assembly,
16. Call the nation, bless the holy day; gather the elders, gather the young, and [those at their mother's breast;] bring out the bridegroom from his summer place and the bride* from her bridal chamber.*
17. In the space before* the altar there wept the high priests, the ministers of Maryah, and said, "Have compassion, Maryah, over your people, and do not give your inheritance to the leaders of the nations, so as the nations may not say, 'Where is their Allaha?'"
18. And Maryah recalled His vigilance for His land and showed compassion for His people.*
19. And thus replied Maryah and said to His people, "Behold, I send you the staples, wine, and oil so as you may be satisfied, and I shall not give you to be reviled by the nations."
20. "And to the Northerner I shall raise above, and I shall take him up to the land that is thirsty and desolate; his face shall be toward the first sea and his back shall be to the last sea, and his smell shall hit and his essence shall rise, on account of he assumed power.
21. Fear not, O Earth, be joyous and glad, because Maryah has risen to act.
22. Fear not, O Beasts of the Wilderness, because the young shoots in the dwelling place of the wilderness, and the tree produces its fruit, and the vine and fig tree their fruit.*
23. O Children of Zion, celebrate and rejoice on account of your Maryah Allaha, who gave you the food of righteousness, and who bought you the Spring rain and the heavy rain and the rain just as before.
24. And the storehouses shall be filled with grain, and the presses overflowing with wine and oil.
25. And I shall repay you for the years that were devoured by the locust, the grasshopper, the caterpillar, and pestilence -- my great forces that I sent against you.
26. And you shall eat and be satisfied, and you glorify the name of Maryah Allaha, who performed wonders with you, and my people shall never be put to shame to the end of the world.
27. And you shall know [then] that I am inside of Issrayil, Innanah* your Allaha, and there is no one beside* me, and my people shall not be ashamed to the end of the universe.
28. And afterwards I shall pour out my Spirit over all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophecy, and your old men shall dream dreams, and your young people shall see visions,
29. And even upon the male servants and female servants I shall pour out my spirit in those days.
30. And I shall perform wonders in heaven and on earth -- blood and fire and the sweet smell of incense.
31. The sun shall turn to darkness, and the moon to blood, before there comes the Day of Maryah -- great and overpowering.
32. And whoever calls on to the name of Maryah shall be delivered,* because in Mount Çihyoon and Jerusalem,* there shall be Salvation, as Maryah said to the Redeemed whom Maryah called.*


*2:1 Lit. Aramaic retained: "Zion."
*2:2.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "The day of the cloud and writhing."
*2:2.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Of the universe."
*2:3 NB! "Him" refers to a nation or people.
*2:4 NB! Again the reference is still to the nation or people.
*2:5 Lit. Ar. id.: "That quivers."
*2:6 NB! Reference to the head of the nation.
*2:7 Lit. Ar. id.: "Stray from their paths."
*2:8 Lit. Aramaic construction: "And a man to his brother does not push, except must go in his own path -- from the weight of their armor they fall, and do not climb to the top."
*2:10 NB! Reference to Eashoa.
*2:11.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Gave his voice before His power."
*2:11.2 NB! Reference to Eashoa's suffering and death on the Cross. Thus the Day of Maryah refers to the great sacrifice that Eashoa Msheekha endured -- with all His power and mastery over the world, He had to endure the humiliation of being sacrificed for the sake of His own Children. Like a great general who gives his life for his troops when called for, to prevent their annihilation -- and Eashoa was much, much more than a general. He was the Son of Allaha who was sent to save His Children from the clutches of Satan and the corruption of evil men. He gave His human body in sacrifice for humanity and rose to heaven to be with His Father, to be reunited with Eil and the Holy Spirit, who was sent to nurture Him since His birth and was there at the Cross to take Him down and wipe the blood from His face and weep over Him the tears of gratitude, because He was the only One who could save the world and the Holy Spirit had to endure the pain of watching Her Son die.
*2:13.1 Lit. Ar. figure of speech: "His spirit extends."
*2:13.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Turns back" or "reverses."
*2:15 Lit. Aramaic name retained: "Zion."
*2:16.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Daughter-in-law."
*2:16.2 Lit. Aramaic: "Bridal house."
*2:17 Lit. Ar. id.: "Between the space before the altar and the altar."
*2:18 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And zealously Maryah in His own land and vigilance over His nation."
*2:20 Lit. Ar. id.: "He rose to act." Or: "He took matters into his own hands."
*2:22. Lit. Ar. id.: "Strengths," or "Maturations."
*2:27.1 Lit. Aramaic retained: "I Am I," or "It is I."
*2:27.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Outside."
*2:32.1 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Spared."
*2:32.2 Lit. Aramaic name: "Orrishlim," or "Well of Peace."
*2:32.3 NB! Everything in these last passages -- as in the entire Scroll of Joel -- is about Maran Eashoa Msheekha.

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