CEBCommon English Bible
12Yet even now, says the LORD,
return to me with all your hearts,
with fasting, with weeping, and with sorrow;
13tear your hearts
and not your clothing.
Return to the LORD your God,
for he is merciful and compassionate,
very patient, full of faithful love,
and ready to forgive.
14Who knows whether he will have a change of heart
and leave a blessing behind him,
a grain offering and a drink offering
for the LORD your God?
15Blow the horn in Zion;
demand a fast;
request a special assembly.
16Gather the people;
prepare a holy meeting;
assemble the elders;
gather the children,
even nursing infants.
Let the groom leave his room
and the bride her chamber.
17Between the porch and the altar
let the priests, the LORD’s ministers, weep.
Let them say, "Have mercy, LORD, on your people,
and don’t make your inheritance a disgrace,
an example of failure among the nations.
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’"
Words of compassion and promise
18Then the LORD became passionate about this land,#Or then the Lord became jealous for his land and had pity on his people.
19The LORD responded to the people:
See, I am sending you
the corn, new wine, and fresh oil,
and you will be fully satisfied by it;
and I will no longer make you
a disgrace among the nations.
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