12 "Yet even now," declares the LORD, "1Return to Me with all your heart, And with 2fasting, weeping and mourning;
13 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.
14 Who knows 7whether He will not turn and relent And leave a 8blessing behind Him, Even 9a grain offering and a drink offering For the LORD your God?
16 Gather the people, 12sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the 13bridegroom come out of his room And the bride out of her bridal chamber.
17 Let the priests, the LORD'S ministers, Weep 14between 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 peoples say, '17Where is their God?' "