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Joel 2:12-14

Context
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 

2:14 Who knows?

Perhaps he will be compassionate and grant a reprieve, 4 

and leave blessing in his wake 5 

a meal offering and a drink offering for you to offer to the Lord your God! 6 

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.”

4 tn Heb “turn” or “turn back.”

5 tn Heb “leave a blessing behind him.”

6 tn The phrase “for you to offer” does not appear in the Hebrew, but is supplied in the translation for the sake of clarity.



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