New International Version
15 Blow the trumpet(A) in Zion,(B)
declare a holy fast,(C)
call a sacred assembly.(D)
16 Gather the people,
consecrate(E) the assembly;
bring together the elders,(F)
gather the children,
those nursing at the breast.
Let the bridegroom(G) leave his room
and the bride her chamber.
17 Let the priests, who minister(H) before the Lord,
weep(I) between the portico and the altar.(J)
Let them say, “Spare your people, Lord.
Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn,(K)
a byword(L) among the nations.
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?(M)’”
The Lord’s Answer
19 The Lord replied[a] to them:
20 “I will drive the northern horde(T) 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(U) will go up;
its smell will rise.”
Surely he has done great things!
21 Do not be afraid,(V) land of Judah;
be glad and rejoice.(W)
Surely the Lord has done great things!(X)
22 Do not be afraid, you wild animals,
for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green.(Y)
The trees are bearing their fruit;
the fig tree(Z) and the vine(AA) yield their riches.(AB)
23 Be glad, people of Zion,
rejoice(AC) in the Lord your God,
for he has given you the autumn rains
because he is faithful.(AD)
He sends you abundant showers,(AE)
both autumn(AF) and spring rains,(AG) as before.
24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain;
the vats will overflow(AH) with new wine(AI) and oil.
25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts(AJ) have eaten(AK)—
the great locust and the young locust,
the other locusts and the locust swarm[b]—
my great army(AL) that I sent among you.
26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,(AM)
and you will praise(AN) the name of the Lord your God,
who has worked wonders(AO) for you;
never again will my people be shamed.(AP)
27 Then you will know(AQ) that I am in Israel,
that I am the Lord(AR) your God,
and that there is no other;
never again will my people be shamed.(AS)