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Joel 2:12-13

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An Appeal for Repentance

2:12 “Yet even now,” the Lord says,

“return to me with all your heart –

with fasting, weeping, and mourning.

Tear your hearts, 1 

not just your garments!”

2:13 Return to the Lord your God,

for he is merciful and compassionate,

slow to anger and boundless in loyal love 2  – often relenting from calamitous punishment. 3 

1 sn The figurative language calls for genuine repentance, and not merely external ritual that goes through the motions.

2 tn Heb “and great of loyal love.”

3 tn Heb “and he relents from calamity.”



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