Joel 2:13
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New International Version
Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

New Living Translation
Don't tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead." Return to the LORD your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.

English Standard Version
and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.

New American Standard Bible
And 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.

King James Bible
And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Tear your hearts, not just your clothes, and return to the LORD your God. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in faithful love, and He relents from sending disaster.

International Standard Version
Tear your hearts, not your garments; and turn back to the LORD your God. For he is gracious and compassionate, slow to become angry, overflowing in gracious love, and grieves about this evil.

NET Bible
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.

New Heart English Bible
Tear your heart, and not your garments, and turn to the LORD, your God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness, and relents from sending calamity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Tear your hearts, not your clothes. Return to the LORD your God. He is merciful and compassionate, patient, and always ready to forgive and to change his plans about disaster.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And rend your heart, and not your garments, And turn unto the LORD your God; For He is gracious and compassionate, long-suffering, and abundant in mercy, And repenteth Him of the evil.

New American Standard 1977
And 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and great in mercy, and he does repent of chastisement.

King James 2000 Bible
And tear your hearts, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and relents from sending calamity.

American King James Version
And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn to the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repents him of the evil.

American Standard Version
and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto Jehovah your God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and ready to repent of the evil.

Darby Bible Translation
and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto Jehovah your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great loving-kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

English Revised Version
and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God, for he is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy, and repenteth him of the evil.

Webster's Bible Translation
And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn to the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth of the evil.

World English Bible
Tear your heart, and not your garments, and turn to Yahweh, your God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness, and relents from sending calamity.

Young's Literal Translation
And rend your heart, and not your garments, And turn back unto Jehovah your God, For gracious and merciful is He, Slow to anger, and abundant in kindness, And He hath repented concerning the evil.
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
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. 14Who knows whether He will not turn and relent And leave a blessing behind Him, Even a grain offering and a drink offering For the LORD your God?…
Cross References
Genesis 37:34
So Jacob tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days.

Exodus 34:6
Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;

2 Samuel 1:11
Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them, and so also did all the men who were with him.

Job 1:20
Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped.

Psalm 34:18
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 51:17
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

Psalm 86:5
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.

Psalm 103:8
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.

Isaiah 57:15
For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, "I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.

Jeremiah 18:8
if that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it.
Treasury of Scripture

And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn to the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repents him of the evil.

rend. Here the word rend is used only once, but with two significations; in the former sentence it is used figuratively; in the latter literally--the heart not being rent in the same sense in which garments are rent.

2 Kings 22:19 Because your heart was tender, and you have humbled yourself before …

Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves such …

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite …

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have …

Ezekiel 9:4 And the LORD said to him, Go through the middle of the city, through …

Matthew 5:3,4 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…

your garments.

Genesis 37:29,34 And Reuben returned to the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the …

2 Samuel 1:11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise …

1 Kings 21:27 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his …

2 Kings 5:7 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, …

2 Kings 6:30 And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the woman, …

2 Kings 22:11 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book …

Job 1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell …

Isaiah 58:5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict …

Matthew 6:16-18 Moreover when you fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: …

1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable to …

for.

Exodus 34:6,7 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The …

Numbers 14:18 The LORD is long-suffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity …

Psalm 86:5,15 For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy …

Psalm 145:7-9 They shall abundantly utter the memory of your great goodness, and …

Jonah 4:2 And he prayed to the LORD, and said, I pray you, O LORD, was not …

Micah 7:18 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the …

Romans 2:4 Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering…

Romans 5:20,21 Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where …

Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us,

slow.

Nehemiah 9:17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of your wonders that you …

Psalm 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all …

James 1:19,20 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

and repenteth.

Psalm 106:45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to …

Jeremiah 18:7,8 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning …

Amos 7:2-6 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the …

Jonah 4:2 And he prayed to the LORD, and said, I pray you, O LORD, was not …

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