12 For a day belonging to the Lord of Armies is coming
against all that is proud and lofty,(A)
against all that is lifted up—it will be humbled—

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What will you do on the day of punishment
when devastation comes from far away?
Who will you run to for help?
Where will you leave your wealth?

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Look, the day(A) of the Lord is coming—
cruel, with fury and burning anger—
to make the earth a desolation
and to destroy its sinners.(B)

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The Lord is angry with all the nations,
furious with all their armies.(A)
He will set them apart for destruction,(B)
giving them over to slaughter.

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For the Lord has a day of vengeance,(A)
a time of paying back Edom
for its hostility against Zion.

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to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,(A)
and the day of our God’s vengeance;(B)
to comfort(C) all who mourn,

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For a day is near;
a day belonging to the Lord is near.(A)
It will be a day of clouds,(B)
a time of doom[a] for the nations.

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Footnotes

  1. 30:3 of doom supplied for clarity

The Day of the Lord

18 Woe to you who long for the day of the Lord!(A)
What will the day of the Lord be for you?
It will be darkness and not light.(B)

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Be silent in the presence of the Lord God,(A)
for the day of the Lord is near.(B)
Indeed, the Lord has prepared a sacrifice;(C)
he has consecrated his guests.(D)

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