"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?' "
Then the LORDawill be 18zealous for His land And bwill have19pity on His people.
The LORDcwill answer and say to His people, "Behold, I am going to 20send you grain, newwine and oil, And you will be satisfied in full with dthem; And I will 21neveragainmake you a reproach among the nations.
"But I will remove the 22northern army far from you, And I will drive it into a parched and desolateland, And its vanguard into the 23easternsea, And its rear guard into the 24westernsea. And its 25stench will arise and its foulsmell will come up, For it has donegreatthings."
2126Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad, For the LORD has done27greatthings.
Do not fear, beasts of the field, For the 28pastures of the wilderness have turnedgreen, For the tree has borne its fruit, The figtree and the vine have yieldedein full.
So rejoice, O 29sons of Zion, And 30be glad in the LORD your God; For He has 31given you fthe earlyrain for your vindication. And He has poureddown for you the rain, The gearly and h32latterrainias before.
The threshingfloors will be full of grain, And the vats will 33overflow with the newwine and oil.
"Then I will make up to you for the years That the swarming34locust has eaten, The creepinglocust, the strippinglocust and the gnawinglocust, My greatarmywhich I sent among you.
"You will have plenty to 35eat and be satisfied And 36praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has 37dealtwondrously with you; Then My people will 38never be put to shame.
"Thus you will 39know that I am in the midst of Israel, And that I am the LORD your God, And there is 40noother; And My people will never be 41put to shame.
"j42It will come about afterthis That I will 43pour out My Spirit on allk44mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your oldmen will dreamdreams, Your youngmen will seevisions.
29"Even on the 45male and femaleservants I will pour out My Spirit in thosedays.
"I will 46displaywonders in the sky and on the earth, Blood, fire and columns of smoke.
"The 47sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into bloodBefore the 48great and awesomeday of the LORDcomes.
"And it will come about that 49whoevercalls on the name of the LORD Will be delivered; For 50on MountZion and in Jerusalem There will be those who 51escape, As the LORD has said, Even among the 52survivorswhom the LORDcalls.