"Yet evennow," declares the LORD, "1Return to Me with all your heart, And with 2fasting, weeping and mourning ;
And 3rend your heart and not 4your garments." Now return to the LORD your God, For He is 5gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And 6relenting of evil.
14Whoknows7whether He will not turn and relent And leave a 8blessingbehind Him, Even 9a grain offering and a drinkoffering For the LORD your God ?
1510Blow a trumpet in Zion, 11Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemnassembly,
16Gather the people, 12sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and the nursinginfants. Let the 13bridegroomcome out of his room And the bride out of her bridal chamber.
Let the priests, the LORD'Sministers, Weep14between the porch and the altar, And let them say, "15Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not make Your inheritance a 16reproach, A byword among the nations. Why should they among the peoplessay, '17Where is their God ?' "