cConsecrate a fast,
Call a sacred assembly;
dSanctify the congregation,
Assemble the elders,
Gather the children and nursing babes;
eLet the bridegroom go out from his chamber,
And the bride from her dressing room.
Weep fbetween the porch and the altar;
Let them say, g“Spare Your people, O Lord,
And do not give Your heritage to reproach,
That the nations should 7rule over them.
hWhy should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’ ”
Or speak a proverb against them