2:12 “Yet even now,” the Lord says,
“return to me with all your heart—
with fasting, weeping, and mourning.
Tear your hearts,44
not just your garments!”
for he is merciful and compassionate,
Perhaps he will be compassionate and grant a reprieve,47
and leave blessing in his wake48—
a meal offering and a drink offering for you to offer to the Lord your God!49
2:15 Blow the trumpet50 in Zion.
Announce a holy fast;
proclaim a sacred assembly!
sanctify an assembly!
Gather the elders;
gather the children and the nursing infants.
Let the bridegroom come out from his bedroom
and the bride from her private quarters.51
from the vestibule all the way back to the altar.52
Let them say, “Have pity, O Lord, on your people;
please do not turn over your inheritance to be mocked,
to become a proverb53 among the nations.
Why should it be said54 among the peoples,
“Where is their God?”
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