Joel 2:16
16Gather the people, sanctify the congregation,
         Assemble the elders,
         Gather the children and the nursing infants.
         Let the bridegroom come out of his room
         And the bride out of her bridal chamber.

17Let the priests, the LORD’S ministers,
         Weep between the porch and the altar,
         And let them say, “Spare Your people, O LORD,
         And do not make Your inheritance a reproach,
         A byword among the nations.
         Why should they among the peoples say,
         ‘Where is their God?’”

Deliverance Promised

18Then the LORD will be zealous for His land
         And will have pity on His people.

19The LORD will answer and say to His people,
         “Behold, I am going to send you grain, new wine and oil,
         And you will be satisfied in full with them;
         And I will never again make you a reproach among the nations.

20“But I will remove the northern army far from you,
         And I will drive it into a parched and desolate land,
         And its vanguard into the eastern sea,
         And its rear guard into the western sea.
         And its stench will arise and its foul smell will come up,
         For it has done great things.”

21Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad,
         For the LORD has done great things.

22Do not fear, beasts of the field,
         For the pastures of the wilderness have turned green,
         For the tree has borne its fruit,
         The fig tree and the vine have yielded in full.

23So rejoice, O sons of Zion,
         And be glad in the LORD your God;
         For He has given you the early rain for your vindication.
         And He has poured down for you the rain,
         The early and latter rain as before.

24The threshing floors will be full of grain,
         And the vats will overflow with the new wine and oil.

25“Then I will make up to you for the years
         That the swarming locust has eaten,
         The creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust,
         My great army which I sent among you.

26“You will have plenty to eat and be satisfied
         And praise the name of the LORD your God,
         Who has dealt wondrously with you;
         Then My people will never be put to shame.

27“Thus you will know that I am in the midst of Israel,
         And that I am the LORD your God,
         And there is no other;
         And My people will never be put to shame.

The Promise of the Spirit

28“It will come about after this
         That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
         And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
         Your old men will dream dreams,
         Your young men will see visions.

29“Even on the male and female servants
         I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

The Day of the LORD

30“I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth,
         Blood, fire and columns of smoke.

31“The sun will be turned into darkness
         And the moon into blood
         Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.

32“And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the LORD
         Will be delivered;
         For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
         There will be those who escape,
         As the LORD has said,
         Even among the survivors whom the LORD calls.

NASB ©1995

Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
gather the people, sanctify the assembly, assemble the old men, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts; let the bridegroom go forth from his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Gather together the people, sanctify the church, assemble the ancients, gather together the little ones, and them that suck at the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth from his bed, and the bride out of her bride chamber.

Darby Bible Translation
gather the people, hallow the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts; let the bridegroom go forth from his chamber, and the bride from her closet.

English Revised Version
gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the old men, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

Webster's Bible Translation
Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth from his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

World English Bible
Gather the people. Sanctify the assembly. Assemble the elders. Gather the children, and those who nurse from breasts. Let the bridegroom go forth from his room, and the bride out of her room.

Young's Literal Translation
Gather the people, sanctify an assembly, Assemble the aged, Gather infants and sucklings of the breasts, Go out let a bridegroom from his inner chamber, And a bride out of her closet.
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Objection 1: It would seem that fasting is not an act of virtue. For every act of virtue is acceptable to God. But fasting is not always acceptable to God, according to Is. 58:3, "Why have we fasted and Thou hast not regarded?" Therefore fasting is not an act of virtue. Objection 2: Further, no act of virtue forsakes the mean of virtue. Now fasting forsakes the mean of virtue, which in the virtue of abstinence takes account of the necessity of supplying the needs of nature, whereas by fasting something
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Whether this Sacrament was Suitably Instituted in the New Law?
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