Bible: Joel 2:15-19

2:15 Blow the trumpet 1  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. 2 

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

from the vestibule all the way back to the altar. 3 

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

please do not turn over your inheritance to be mocked,

to become a proverb 4  among the nations.

Why should it be said 5  among the peoples,

Where is their God?

The Lord’s Response

2:18 Then the Lord became 6  zealous for his land;

he had compassion on his people.

2:19 The Lord responded 7  to his people,

Look! I am about to restore your grain 8 

as well as fresh wine and olive oil.

You will be fully satisfied. 9 

I will never again make you an object of mockery among the nations.

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