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Joel 2:12-17 (English Standard Version)

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Return to the Lord

12 "Yet even now," declares the LORD, 1"return to me with all your heart, 2with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; 13 and 3rend your hearts and not 4your garments." Return to the LORD your God, 5for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; 6and he relents over disaster. 14 7Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and 8leave a blessing behind him, 9a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD your God? 15 10Blow the trumpet in Zion; 11consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly; 16 gather the people. 12Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; 13gather the children, even nursing infants. 14Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber. 17 15Between the 16vestibule and the 17altar 18let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep and say, "Spare your people, O LORD, and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations.a 19Why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their God?'"
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