Isaiah 13:2-13 (3rd Friday of Lent)

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Isaiah 13:2-13 (3rd Friday of Lent)

On a bare hill raise a signal, cry aloud to them; wave the hand for them to enter the gates of the nobles.  I myself have commanded my consecrated ones, have summoned my mighty men to execute my anger, my proudly exulting ones.  Hark, a tumult on the mountains as of a great multitude! Hark, an uproar of kingdoms, of nations gathering together! The LORD of hosts is mustering a host for battle.  They come from a distant land, from the end of the heavens, the LORD and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole earth.  Wail, for the day of the LORD is near; as destruction from the Almighty it will come!  Therefore all hands will be feeble, and every man’s heart will melt,  and they will be dismayed. Pangs and agony will seize them; they will be in anguish like a woman in travail. They will look aghast at one another; their faces will be aflame.  Behold, the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the earth a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it.  For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark at its rising and the moon will not shed its light.  I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pride of the arrogant, and lay low the haughtiness of the ruthless.  I will make men more rare than fine gold, and mankind than the gold of Ophir.  Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken out of its place, at the wrath of the LORD of hosts in the day of his fierce anger.