Joel 2:12-13

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,

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 – often relenting from calamitous punishment.

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

tn Heb “and great of loyal love.”

tn Heb “and he relents from calamity.”