12 “Now, therefore,” says the Lord,
u“Turn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”
Return to the Lord your God,
For He is xgracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and of great kindness;
And He relents from doing harm.
14 yWho knows if He will turn and relent,
And leave za blessing behind Him—
aA grain offering and a drink offering
For the Lord your God?
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?’ ”
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