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They come from lands far away,
    beyond distant horizons.
That’s where the Eternal calls up His weapons of wrath—
    in order to destroy the whole land!

Cry out in terror!—the time is coming;
    the day of the Eternal is nearly here,
Violence and destruction as only God-All-Powerful can wreak.
7-8 This is why all hands will shake and tremble;
    every heart will flutter and melt.
People will be paralyzed with fear, weakened with terror.
    Taut and shaking, they’ll be overcome like a woman in labor.
They’ll look to each other dumbfounded,
    their faces flushed with fear.

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