Even Now (Joel 3)

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Like the doomed Greek myth prophetess Cassandra, Joel was a prophet who warned his people of imminent destruction if they did not repent from their sins. Unfortunately, they didn’t listen to him, and were destroyed, as promised. But knowing what would happen did not stop Joel from continuing to cry out to his countrymen, and this is part of the text recorded for posterity from his book.

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Blow the trumpet in Zion
Sound the alarm on His holy hill
Let all who live in the land tremble
For the Day of the Lord is coming, it is close at hand 

A day of darkness and gloom
A day of clouds and blackness
The Day of the Lord is great, it is dreadful
Who can endure it? Who can endure it? 

Even now, declares the Lord, return to me with all your heart
With fasting and weeping and mourning
Return, return, return 

Rend your hearts 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
Who knows? He may turn and have pity
And leave behind a blessing
Grain and peace offerings from the Lord your God 

Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly
Gather the people, consecrate the assembly
Bring together the elders and the children, those nursing at the breast 

Let the bride leave her chamber, the bridegroom, his room
Let the priests, who minister before the Lord
Weep between the temple porch and the altar,
Let them say, Spare your people, O Lord! Spare your people, O Lord 

Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations
Why should they say among the peoples, “Where is their God? Where is their God?”

Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly
Gather the people, consecrate the assembly
Bring together the elders and the children, those nursing at the breast 

Let the bride leave her chamber, the bridegroom, his room
Let the priests, who minister before the Lord
Weep between the temple porch and the altar,
Let them say, Spare your people, O Lord! Spare your people, O Lord 

Related Bible Verse(s)

Joel 2:1-2a

Blow the trumpet in Zion;
    sound the alarm on my holy hill.

Let all who live in the land tremble,
    for the day of the Lord is coming.
It is close at hand—
    a day of darkness and gloom,
    a day of clouds and blackness.

Joel 2:11b

The day of the Lord is great;
    it is dreadful.
    Who can endure it?

Joel 2:12-17

“Even now,” declares the Lord,
    “return to me with all your heart,
    with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

13 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.
14 Who knows? He may turn and relent
    and leave behind a blessing—
grain offerings and drink offerings
    for the Lord your God.

15 Blow the trumpet in Zion,
    declare a holy fast,
    call a sacred assembly.
16 Gather the people,
    consecrate the assembly;
bring together the elders,
    gather the children,
    those nursing at the breast.
Let the bridegroom leave his room
    and the bride her chamber.
17 Let the priests, who minister before the Lord,
    weep between the portico and the altar.
Let them say, “Spare your people, Lord.
    Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn,
    a byword among the nations.
Why should they say among the peoples,
    ‘Where is their God?’”

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