Joel 2:12
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English Standard Version
“Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;

King James Bible
Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

American Standard Version
Yet even now, saith Jehovah, turn ye unto me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now therefore saith the Lord: Be converted to me with all your heart, in fasting, and in weeping, and in mourning.

English Revised Version
Yet even now, saith the LORD, turn ye unto me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore also now, saith the LORD, Turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

Joel 2:12 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The reason why God was obliged to punish in this manner is given in the following verses. Hosea 6:6. "For I take pleasure in love, and not in sacrifices; and in the knowledge of God more than in burnt-offerings. Hosea 6:7. But they have transgressed the covenant like Adam: there have they acted treacherously towards me." Chesed is love to one's neighbour, manifesting itself in righteousness, love which has its roots in the knowledge of God, and therefore is connected with "the knowledge of God" here as in Hosea 4:1. For the thought itself, compare the remarks on the similar declaration made by the prophet Samuel in 1 Samuel 15:22; and for parallels as to the fact, see Isaiah 1:11-17; Micah 6:8; Psalm 40:7-9, and Psalm 50:8., in all which passages it is not sacrifices in themselves, but simply the heartless sacrifices with which the wicked fancied they could cover their sins, that are here rejected as displeasing to God, and as abominations in His eyes. This is apparent also from the antithesis in Hosea 6:7, viz., the reproof of their transgression of the covenant. המּה (they) are Israel and Judah, not the priests, whose sins are first referred to in Hosea 6:9. כּאדם, not "after the manner of men," or "like ordinary men," - for this explanation would only be admissible if המּה referred to the priests or prophets, or if a contrast were drawn between the rulers and others, as in Psalm 82:7 - but "like Adam," who transgressed the commandment of God, that he should not eat of the tree of knowledge. This command was actually a covenant, which God made with him, since the object of its was the preservation of Adam in vital fellowship with the Lord, as was the case with the covenant that God made with Israel (see Job 31:33, and Delitzsch's Commentary). The local expression "there," points to the place where the faithless apostasy had occurred, as in Psalm 14:5. This is not more precisely defined, but refers no doubt to Bethel as the scene of the idolatrous worship. There is no foundation for the temporal rendering "then."

Joel 2:12 Parallel Commentaries

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Deuteronomy 4:29,30 But if from there you shall seek the LORD your God, you shall find him, if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul...

1 Samuel 7:3 And Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, If you do return to the LORD with all your hearts...

1 Kings 8:47-49 Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land where they were carried captives, and repent...

2 Chronicles 6:38,39 If they return to you with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, where they have carried them captives...

2 Chronicles 7:13,14 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people...

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near...

Jeremiah 4:1 If you will return, O Israel, said the LORD, return to me: and if you will put away your abominations out of my sight...

Jeremiah 29:12,13 Then shall you call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I will listen to you...

Lamentations 3:40,41 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD...

Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return to the LORD: for he has torn, and he will heal us; he has smitten, and he will bind us up.

Hosea 12:6 Therefore turn you to your God: keep mercy and judgment and wait on your God continually.

Hosea 14:1 O Israel, return to the LORD your God; for you have fallen by your iniquity.

Zechariah 1:3,4 Therefore say you to them, Thus said the LORD of hosts; Turn you to me, said the LORD of hosts, and I will turn to you...

Acts 26:20 But showed first to them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles...

with fasting.

Judges 20:26 Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came to the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the LORD...

1 Samuel 7:6 And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said there...

2 Chronicles 20:3,4 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah...

Nehemiah 9:1,2 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackcloths...

Isaiah 22:12 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:

Jonah 3:5-8 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth...

Zechariah 7:3,5 And to speak to the priests which were in the house of the LORD of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month...

Zechariah 12:10-14 And I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications...

James 4:8,9 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:29
But from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.

1 Samuel 7:3
And Samuel said to all the house of Israel, "If you are returning to the LORD with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the LORD and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines."

Esther 4:16
"Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish."

Isaiah 58:4
Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with a wicked fist. Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high.

Jeremiah 4:1
"If you return, O Israel, declares the LORD, to me you should return. If you remove your detestable things from my presence, and do not waver,

Jeremiah 4:2
and if you swear, 'As the LORD lives,' in truth, in justice, and in righteousness, then nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory."

Ezekiel 33:11
Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?

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