Bible: Joel 2:12-18
An Appeal for Repentance
2:12 “Yet even now,” the
“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
for he is merciful and compassionate,
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
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
from the vestibule all the way back to the altar. 9
Let them say, “Have pity, O
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?”
2:18 Then the
he had compassion on his people.