This collection of verses from several prophetic writings examines the concept of repentance, both human and divine.
2 Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,For you have fallen because of your sin.
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5 I will heal their affliction,Generously will I take them back in love;For My anger has turned away from them.
How do we atone for our wrongdoings, and how do we rediscover the true path? This passage from Joel echoes the High Holiday rituals:
15 Blow a horn in Zion,Through repentance and community, relationship with the divine is restored.
Solemnize a fast,
Proclaim an assembly!
16 Gather the people,
Bid the congregation purify themselves.
Bring together the old,
Gather the babes
And the sucklings at the breast;
Let the bridegroom come out of his chamber,
The bride from her canopied couch.