God’s Call for Repentance

12 Even now—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
turn to Me with all your heart,(A)
with fasting, weeping, and mourning.(B)
13 Tear your hearts,(C)
not just your clothes,(D)
and return to the Lord your God.
For He is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger, rich in faithful love,
and He relents from sending disaster.(E)

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10 Then God saw their actions—that they had turned from their evil ways(A)—so God relented from the disaster(B) He had threatened to do to them. And He did not do it.

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He prayed to the Lord:(A) “Please, Lord, isn’t this what I said while I was still in my own country? That’s why I fled toward Tarshish in the first place.(B) I knew that You are a merciful and compassionate God,(C) slow to become angry, rich in faithful love, and One who relents from sending disaster.(D)

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31 because He has set a day when He is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.”(A)

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Or do you despise the riches of His kindness,(A) restraint,(B) and patience,(C) not recognizing[a] that God’s kindness(D) is intended to lead you to repentance?

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 2:4 Or patience, because you do not recognize