Bible: Joel 2:12-15

An Appeal for Repentance

2:12Yet even now,” the Lord says,

return to me with all your heart

with fasting, weeping, and mourning.

Tear your hearts, 1 

not just your garments!

2:13 Return to the Lord your God,

for he is merciful and compassionate,

slow to anger and boundless in loyal love 2 often relenting from calamitous punishment. 3 

2:14 Who knows?

Perhaps he will be compassionate and grant a reprieve, 4 

and leave blessing in his wake 5 

a meal offering and a drink offering for you to offer to the Lord your God! 6 

2:15 Blow the trumpet 7  in Zion.

Announce a holy fast;

proclaim a sacred assembly!

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