Joel 2:12-18 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)
Return to the Lord
12 Yet even now—oracle of the Lord—
return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting, weeping, and mourning.
13 Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the Lord, your God,
For he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love,
and relenting in punishment.
14 Perhaps he will again relent
and leave behind a blessing,
Grain offering and libation
for the Lord, your God.
15 Blow the horn in Zion!
Proclaim a fast,
call an assembly!
16 Gather the people,
sanctify the congregation;
Assemble the elderly;
gather the children,
even infants nursing at the breast;
Let the bridegroom leave his room,
and the bride her bridal tent.
17 Between the porch and the altar
let the priests weep,
let the ministers of the Lord weep and say:
“Spare your people, Lord!
do not let your heritage become a disgrace,
a byword among the nations!
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’”
The Lord Relents. 18 Then the Lord grew jealous for his land and took pity on his people.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)
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