Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Hosts, the Lord:
In all the squares there shall be wailing,
and in all the streets they shall say, “Alas! Alas!”
They shall call the farmers to mourning,
and to wailing, those who are skilled in lamentation,
and in all vineyards there shall be wailing,
for I will pass through the midst of you,
says the Lord.
Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord!
Why would you have the day of the Lord?
It is darkness, and not light!
As if a man fled from a lion
and a bear met him,
or went into a house and leaned
with his hand against a wall
and a snake bit him!
Is not the day of the Lord darkness,
and gloom with no brightness in it?