"Even now," declares the LORD, "return1 to me with all your heart,2 with fasting and weeping and mourning."
Rend your heart3 and not your garments.4 Return5 to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate,6 slow to anger and abounding in love,7 and he relents from sending calamity.8
Who knows? He may turn9 and have pity10 and leave behind a blessing11-- grain offerings and drink offerings12 for the LORD your God.
Blow the trumpet13 in Zion,14 declare a holy fast,15 call a sacred assembly.16
Gather the people, consecrate17 the assembly; bring together the elders,18 gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom19 leave his room and the bride her chamber.
Let the priests, who minister20 before the LORD, weep21 between the temple porch and the altar.22 Let them say, "Spare your people, O LORD. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn,23 a byword24 among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their God?25' "
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