|1||"Come, let us return to Yahweh; |
for he has torn, that he may heal us;
he has stricken, and he will bind us up.
|The people's insincere repentance.|
|2||After two days he will revive us; |
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him.
|3||Let us know, let us press on to know Yahweh; |
his going forth is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth."
|4||What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? |
What shall I do with you, O Judah?
Your love is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that goes early away.
|5||Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets, |
I have slain them by the words of my mouth,
and my judgment goes forth as the light.
|6||For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, |
the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offerings.
|7||But at Adam they transgressed the covenant; |
there they dealt faithlessly with me.
|8||Gilead is a city of evildoers, |
tracked with blood.
|9||As robbers lie in wait for a man, |
so the priests are banded together;
they murder on the way to Shechem,
yea, they commit villainy.
|10||In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing; |
Ephraim's harlotry is there, Israel is defiled.
|11||For you also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed. |
When I would restore the fortunes of my people,
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