Joel 1-3New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
1 The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel:
Lament over the Ruin of the Country
2 Hear this, O elders,
4 What the cutting locust left,
5 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep;
8 Lament like a virgin dressed in sackcloth
11 Be dismayed, you farmers,
A Call to Repentance and Prayer
13 Put on sackcloth and lament, you priests;
14 Sanctify a fast,
15 Alas for the day!
17 The seed shrivels under the clods,[b]
19 To you, O Lord, I cry.
2 Blow the trumpet in Zion;
3 Fire devours in front of them,
4 They have the appearance of horses,
6 Before them peoples are in anguish,
10 The earth quakes before them,
12 Yet even now, says the Lord,
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion;
17 Between the vestibule and the altar
God’s Response and Promise
18 Then the Lord became jealous for his land,
20 I will remove the northern army far from you,
21 Do not fear, O soil;
23 O children of Zion, be glad
25 I will repay you for the years
26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
God’s Spirit Poured Out
28 [g] Then afterward
30 I will show portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. 32 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.
3 [h] For then, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat, and I will enter into judgment with them there, on account of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations. They have divided my land, 3 and cast lots for my people, and traded boys for prostitutes, and sold girls for wine, and drunk it down.
4 What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are paying me back, I will turn your deeds back upon your own heads swiftly and speedily. 5 For you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples.[i] 6 You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, removing them far from their own border. 7 But now I will rouse them to leave the places to which you have sold them, and I will turn your deeds back upon your own heads. 8 I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a nation far away; for the Lord has spoken.
Judgment in the Valley of Jehoshaphat
9 Proclaim this among the nations:
11 Come quickly,[k]
13 Put in the sickle,
14 Multitudes, multitudes,
16 The Lord roars from Zion,
The Glorious Future of Judah
17 So you shall know that I, the Lord your God,
18 In that day
19 Egypt shall become a desolation
Sirach 44:1-11New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Hymn in Honor of Our Ancestors[a]
44 Let us now sing the praises of famous men,
Revelation 20New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Thousand Years
20 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3 and threw him into the pit, and locked and sealed it over him, so that he would deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be let out for a little while.
4 Then I saw thrones, and those seated on them were given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus[a] and for the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. Over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him a thousand years.
7 When the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, in order to gather them for battle; they are as numerous as the sands of the sea. 9 They marched up over the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from heaven[b] and consumed them. 10 And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
The Dead Are Judged
11 Then I saw a great white throne and the one who sat on it; the earth and the heaven fled from his presence, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, the book of life. And the dead were judged according to their works, as recorded in the books. 13 And the sea gave up the dead that were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and all were judged according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire; 15 and anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.