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Joel 2:10-21 (English Standard Version)

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10 1The earth quakes before them; the heavens tremble. 2The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining. 11 3The LORD utters his voice before 4his army, for his camp is exceedingly great; 5he who executes his word is powerful. 6For the day of the LORD is 7great and very awesome; 8who can endure it?

Return to the Lord

12 "Yet even now," declares the LORD, 9"return to me with all your heart, 10with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; 13 and 11rend your hearts and not 12your garments." Return to the LORD your God, 13for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; 14and he relents over disaster. 14 15Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and 16leave a blessing behind him, 17a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD your God? 15 18Blow the trumpet in Zion; 19consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly; 16 gather the people. 20Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; 21gather the children, even nursing infants. 22Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber. 17 23Between the 24vestibule and the 25altar 26let 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 27Why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their God?'"

The Lord Had Pity

18 28Then the LORD became jealous for his land 29and had pity on his people. 19 The LORD answered and said to his people, "Behold, 30I am sending to you grain, wine, and oil, 31and you will be satisfied; and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations. 20 "I will remove the northerner far from you, and drive him into a parched and desolate land, his vanguardb into 32the eastern sea, and his rear guardc into 33the western sea; 34the stench and foul smell of him will rise, for he has done great things. 21 "Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for 35the LORD has done great things!
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