New American Bible (Revised Edition)
14 Perhaps he will again relent
and leave behind a blessing,[a]
Grain offering and libation
for the Lord, your God.(A)
15 Blow the horn in Zion!
Proclaim a fast,
call an assembly!(B)
16 Gather the people,
sanctify the congregation;
Assemble the elderly;
gather the children,
even infants nursing at the breast;
Let the bridegroom leave his room,
and the bride[b] her bridal tent.
- 2:14 Blessing: the rain that makes possible the grapes and grain (v. 19) that workers will process into Temple offerings.
- 2:16 Elderly…infants…bridegroom…bride: Jerusalem is in such great danger that even those normally excused from fasting or working are called upon to participate in activities to ward off the imminent catastrophe.