“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
Return to the Lord, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
and repents of evil.
and leave a blessing behind him,
a cereal offering and a drink offering
for the Lord, your God?
sanctify a fast;
call a solemn assembly;
Sanctify the congregation;
assemble the elders;
gather the children,
even nursing infants.
Let the bridegroom leave his room,
and the bride her chamber.
let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep
and say, “Spare thy people, O Lord,
and make not thy heritage a reproach,
a byword among the nations.
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’ ”
and had pity on his people.