"Now, therefore," says the LORD,
u "Turn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning." 13 So v rend your heart, and not w your garments;
Return to the LORD your God,
For He is x gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and of great kindness;
And He relents from doing harm. 14 y Who knows if He will turn and relent,
And leave z a blessing behind Him -
a A grain offering and a drink offering
For the LORD your God?
b Blow the 1 trumpet in Zion,
c Consecrate a fast,
Call a sacred assembly; 16 Gather the people,
d Sanctify the congregation,
Assemble the elders,
Gather the children and nursing babes;
e Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber,
And the bride from her dressing room.
Let the priests, who minister to the LORD,
Weep f between 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 2 rule over them.
h Why should they say among the peoples,
'Where is their God?' "