“Come, let us return to Yahweh.
For He has torn us, but He will heal us;
He has struck us, but He will bandage us. 2
He will make us alive after two days;
He will raise us up on the third day,
That we may live before Him. 3
So let us know, let us pursue to know Yahweh.
His going forth is established as the dawn;
And He will come to us like the rain,
Like the late rain watering the earth.”
What shall I do with you, O Ephraim?
What shall I do with you, O Judah?
For your lovingkindness is like a morning cloud
And like the dew which goes away early. 5
Therefore I have hewn them in pieces by the prophets;
I have killed them by the words of My mouth;
And the judgments on you are like the light that goes forth. 6
For I delight in lovingkindness rather than sacrifice,
And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. 7
But like Adam they have trespassed against the covenant;
There they have dealt treacherously against Me. 8
Gilead is a city of workers of iniquity,
With a track of blood. 9
And as raiders wait for a man,
So a band of priests murder on the way to Shechem;
Surely they have committed lewdness. 10
In the house of Israel I have seen an appalling thing;
Ephraim’s harlotry is there; Israel has defiled itself. 11
Also, O Judah, there is a harvest set for you
When I restore the fortunes of My people,