Bible: Joel 2:12-17

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!

2:16 Gather the people;

sanctify an assembly!

Gather the elders;

gather the children and the nursing infants.

Let the bridegroom come out from his bedroom

and the bride from her private quarters. 8 

2:17 Let the priests, those who serve the Lord, weep

from the vestibule all the way back to the altar. 9 

Let them say, “Have pity, O Lord, on your people;

please do not turn over your inheritance to be mocked,

to become a proverb 10  among the nations.

Why should it be said 11  among the peoples,

Where is their God?

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