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;

Berean Study Bible
Yet even now, declares the LORD, return to Me with all your heart, with fasting, weeping, and 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:

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

Contemporary English Version
The LORD said: It isn't too late. You can still return to me with all your heart. Start crying and mourning! Go without eating.

Good News Translation
"But even now," says the LORD, "repent sincerely and return to me with fasting and weeping and 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.
Study Bible
Return with All Your Heart
12Yet even now, declares the LORD, return to Me with all your heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning. 13So rend your hearts and not your garments, and return to the LORD your God. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in loving devotion. And He relents from sending disaster.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:29
But if from there you will seek the LORD your God, you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and all your soul.

1 Samuel 7:3
Then Samuel said to all the house of Israel, "If you are returning to the LORD with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and Ashtoreths among you, prepare your hearts for the LORD, and serve Him only. And He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines."

Esther 4:16
"Go and assemble all the Jews who can be found in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink day or night for three days, and I and my maidens will fast as you do. After that, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish."

Isaiah 58:4
You fast with contention and strife to strike viciously with your fist. You cannot fast as you do today and have your voice be heard on high.

Jeremiah 4:1
"If you will return, O Israel, return to Me," declares the LORD. "If you will remove your detestable idols from My sight and no longer waver,

Jeremiah 4:2
and if you can swear, 'As surely as the LORD lives,' in truth, in justice, and in righteousness, then the nations will be blessed by Him, and in Him they will glory."

Ezekiel 33:11
Say to them: 'As surely as I live, declares the Lord GOD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked should turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?'

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

Hosea 12:6
But you must return to your God, maintaining love and justice, and always waiting on your God.

Malachi 1:9
"But ask now for God's favor. Will He be gracious to us? Since this has come from your hands, will He show you favor?" asks 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, …







(12) Saith the Lord.--The word saith is here no common word in the Hebrew. It implies an authoritative and most weighty utterance, as in Psalm 110:1, "The Lord said unto my Lord." "The word is used in almost every instance of the immediate utterance of God Himself; more rarely of that of the prophet or inspired organ of the Divine revelations" (Perowne, Commentary on the Psalms, vol. ii., p. 300).

Turn ye even to me.--The question, "Who can abide it?" is left unanswered. But the only possible reply is inferred in the touching appeal which the prophet is inspired by Jehovah to make, that His righteous anger may be averted.

Verses 12-14. - The judgment of the locusts was typical of the great day of judgment. The tartars of that day were designed to bring the people to repentance. Thus judgment was mingled with mercy. Verse 12. - Turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with great fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning. At this period of sore judgment God, by the prophet, calls upon the people to return and repent, to fast and to weep, to grieve inwardly and mourn outwardly for sin. He also instructs them how to engage in the duty of humiliation aright and acceptably. The humiliation was to be that of the heart - sorrow of heart for the sins by which they had offended God, inward shame on account of those iniquities by which they had wronged their own souls and marred their own best interests. But while there behoved to be this inward contrition, outward expressions of it were also required. Genuine sorrow and shame for sin were to be accompanied by fasting, tears of penitence, and other indications of mourning. With all your heart. Kimchi comments thus: "That your repentance be not with a heart and a heart." Therefore also now, saith the Lord,.... Before this terrible and intolerable day, which is near at hand, comes; before these judgments and calamities threatened take place, though just at hand; serious repentance is never too late, now is the accepted time; see Luke 19:42;

turn ye even to me with all your heart; against whom they had sinned, and who had prepared his army against them, and was at the head of it, just ready to give the orders, and play his artillery upon them; and yet suggests, that even now, that if they turned to the Lord by true repentance, not, feignedly and hypocritically, but cordially and sincerely, with true hearts, and with their whole hearts, he was ready to receive and forgive them. The Targum is,

"turn ye to my worship with all your heart:''

and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning; external signs of inward grief and sorrow, testifying their hearty return to the Lord; which, though, without the heart, signify nothing, yet should be shown where hearty repentance is, for the honour and glory of God. 12. With such judgments impending over the Jews, Jehovah Himself urges them to repentance.

also now—Even now, what none could have hoped or believed possible, God still invites you to the hope of salvation.

fasting … weeping … mourning—Their sin being most heinous needs extraordinary humiliation. The outward marks of repentance are to signify the depth of their sorrow for sin.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.
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