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Joel 2:12–13

12  Therefore also now, saith the Lord,

eTurn ye even to me with all your heart,

And fwith fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

13  And grend your heart, and not hyour garments,

And eturn unto the Lord your God:

For ijhe is gracious and ijmerciful,

ijSlow to anger, and ijkof great kindness,

And irepenteth him of the evil.

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Joel 2:12–13 — The New International Version (NIV)

12 “Even now,” declares the Lord,

“return to me with all your heart,

with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

13 Rend your heart

and not your garments.

Return to the Lord your God,

for he is gracious and compassionate,

slow to anger and abounding in love,

and he relents from sending calamity.

Joel 2:12–13 — English Standard Version (ESV)

12 “Yet even now,” declares the Lord,

“return to me with all your heart,

with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;

13 and rend your hearts and not your garments.”

Return to the Lord your God,

for he is gracious and merciful,

slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;

and he relents over disaster.

Joel 2:12–13 — New Living Translation (NLT)

12 That is why the Lord says,

“Turn to me now, while there is time.

Give me your hearts.

Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.

13 Don’t tear your clothing in your grief,

but tear your hearts instead.”

Return to the Lord your God,

for he is merciful and compassionate,

slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

He is eager to relent and not punish.

Joel 2:12–13 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

12 “Now, therefore,” says the Lord,

“Turn to Me with all your heart,

With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”

13 So rend your heart, and not your garments;

Return to the Lord your God,

For He is gracious and merciful,

Slow to anger, and of great kindness;

And He relents from doing harm.

Joel 2:12–13 — New Century Version (NCV)

12 The Lord says, “Even now, come back to me with all your heart.

Fast, cry, and be sad.”

13 Tearing your clothes is not enough to show you are sad;

let your heart be broken.

Come back to the Lord your God,

because he is kind and shows mercy.

He doesn’t become angry quickly,

and he has great love.

He can change his mind about doing harm.

Joel 2:12–13 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

12 Yet even now, saith Jehovah, turn ye unto me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13 and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto Jehovah your God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

Joel 2:12–13 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

12 Yet even now, saith Jehovah, turn to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning; 13 and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto Jehovah your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great loving-kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

Joel 2:12–13 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

12 “But even now,” declares the Lord,

“return to me with all your heart—

with fasting, crying, and mourning.”

13 Tear your hearts, not your clothes.

Return to the Lord your God.

He is merciful and compassionate,

patient, and always ready to forgive

and to change his plans about disaster.

Joel 2:12–13 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

12 Even now—

this is the Lord’s declaration—

turn to Me with all your heart,

with fasting, weeping, and mourning.

13 Tear your hearts,

not just your clothes,

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.

Joel 2:12–13 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

12 Yet even now, says the Lord,

return to me with all your heart,

with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;

13 rend your hearts and not your clothing.

Return to the Lord, your God,

for he is gracious and merciful,

slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,

and relents from punishing.

Joel 2:12–13 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

12 “And even now,” declares Yahweh,

“return to me with all your heart,

with fasting, and weeping, and wailing.”

13 Rend your hearts and not your garments,

and return to Yahweh your God,

because he is gracious and compassionate,

slow to anger and great in loyal love,

and relenting from harm.

Joel 2:12–13 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

12 The Lord announces to his people,

“Return to me with all your heart.

There is still time.

Do not eat any food.

Sob and cry.”

13 Don’t just tear your clothes to show how sad you are.

Let your hearts be broken.

Return to the Lord your God.

He is gracious.

He is tender and kind.

He is slow to get angry.

He is full of love.

He takes pity on you.

He won’t destroy you.

Joel 2:12–13 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

12 “Yet even now,” declares the Lord,

Return to Me with all your heart,

And with fasting, weeping and mourning;

13 And rend your heart and not your garments.”

Now return to the Lord your God,

For He is gracious and compassionate,

Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness

And relenting of evil.