Joel 2:12
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New International Version
"Even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning."

New Living Translation
That is why the LORD says, "Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.

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

New American Standard Bible
"Yet even now," declares the LORD, "Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and 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:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even now-- this is the LORD's declaration-- turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning.

International Standard Version
"Yet even now," declares the LORD, "Turn back to me with your whole heart, with fasting, tears, and mourning.

NET Bible
"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!"

New Heart English Bible
"Yet even now," says the LORD, "turn to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"But even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart- with fasting, crying, and mourning."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yet even now, saith the LORD, Turn ye unto Me with all your heart, And with fasting, and with weeping, and with lamentation;

New American Standard 1977
“Yet even now,” declares the LORD,
            “Return to Me with all your heart,
            And with fasting, weeping, and mourning;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn unto me with all your heart and with fasting and with weeping, and with mourning:

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore also now, says the LORD, turn you even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

American King James Version
Therefore also now, said the LORD, turn you 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.

Darby Bible Translation
Yet even now, saith Jehovah, turn to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with 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:

World English Bible
"Yet even now," says Yahweh, "turn to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning."

Young's Literal Translation
And also now -- an affirmation of Jehovah, Turn ye back unto Me with all your heart, And with fasting, and with weeping, And with lamentation.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:1-14 The priests were to alarm the people with the near approach of the Divine judgments. It is the work of ministers to warn of the fatal consequences of sin, and to reveal the wrath from heaven against the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. The striking description which follows, shows what would attend the devastations of locusts, but may also describe the effects from the ravaging of the land by the Chaldeans. If the alarm of temporal judgments is given to offending nations, how much more should sinners be warned to seek deliverance from the wrath to come! Our business therefore on earth must especially be, to secure an interest in our Lord Jesus Christ; and we should seek to be weaned from objects which will soon be torn from all who now make idols of them. There must be outward expressions of sorrow and shame, fasting, weeping, and mourning; tears for trouble must be turned into tears for the sin that caused it. But rending the garments would be vain, except their hearts were rent by abasement and self-abhorrence; by sorrow for their sins, and separation from them. There is no question but that if we truly repent of our sins, God will forgive them; but whether he will remove affliction is not promised, yet the probability of it should encourage us to repent.
Study Bible
Return with All Your Heart
11The LORD utters His voice before His army; Surely His camp is very great, For strong is he who carries out His word. The day of the LORD is indeed great and very awesome, And who can endure it? 12"Yet even now," declares the LORD, "Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning; 13And rend your heart and not your garments." Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:29
"But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.

1 Samuel 7:3
Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, "If you return to the LORD with all your heart, remove the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your hearts to the LORD and serve Him alone; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines."

Esther 4:16
"Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish."

Isaiah 58:4
"Behold, you fast for contention and strife and to strike with a wicked fist. You do not fast like you do today to make your voice heard on high.

Jeremiah 4:1
"If you will return, O Israel," declares the LORD, "Then you should return to Me. And if you will put away your detested things from My presence, And will not waver,

Jeremiah 4:2
And you will swear, 'As the LORD lives,' In truth, in justice and in righteousness; Then the nations will bless themselves in Him, And in Him they will glory."

Ezekiel 33:11
"Say to them, 'As I live!' declares the Lord GOD, 'I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?'

Daniel 9:3
So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.

Hosea 12:6
Therefore, return to your God, Observe kindness and justice, And wait for your God continually.

Malachi 1:9
"But now will you not entreat God's favor, that He may be gracious to us? With such an offering on your part, will He receive any of you kindly?" says the LORD of hosts.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore also now, said the LORD, turn you even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

turn.

Deuteronomy 4:29,30 But if from there you shall seek the LORD your God, you shall find …

1 Samuel 7:3 And Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, If you do return …

1 Kings 8:47-49 Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land where they were …

2 Chronicles 6:38,39 If they return to you with all their heart and with all their soul …

2 Chronicles 7:13,14 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts …

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 …

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

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 …

Hosea 12:6 Therefore turn you to your God: keep mercy and judgment and wait …

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 …

Acts 26:20 But showed first to them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout …

with fasting.

Judges 20:26 Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and …

1 Samuel 7:6 And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured …

2 Chronicles 20:3,4 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed …

Nehemiah 9:1,2 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel …

Isaiah 22:12 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to …

Jonah 3:5-8 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and …

Zechariah 7:3,5 And to speak to the priests which were in the house of the LORD of …

Zechariah 12:10-14 And I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of …

James 4:8,9 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, …

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