Gather the people, consecrate1 the assembly; bring together the elders,2 gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom3 leave his room and the bride her chamber.
Let the priests, who minister4 before the LORD, weep5 between the temple porch and the altar.6 Let them say, "Spare your people, O LORD. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn,7 a byword8 among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their God?9' "
Then the LORD will be jealous10 for his land and take pity11 on his people.
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