A Call to Repentance
1Come, let us return to the Lord.#Jr 50:4-5
For he has torn us,#Hs 5:14
and he will heal us;#Hs 14:4
he has wounded us,
and he will bind up our wounds.#Is 30:26
2He will revive us after two days,#Ps 30:5
and on the third day he will raise us up
so we can live in his presence.#Dt 32:39
3Let us strive to know the Lord.#Is 2:3; Mc 4:2
His appearance is as sure as the dawn.#Ps 19:6; Mc 5:2
He will come to us like the rain,#Jl 2:23
like the spring showers that water the land.
The Lord’s First Lament
4What am I going to do with you, Ephraim?#Hs 7:1; 11:8
What am I going to do with you, Judah?
Your love is like the morning mist#Ps 78:34-37
and like the early dew that vanishes.
5This is why I have used the prophets
to cut them down;#6:5 Or have cut down the prophets#1Sm 15:32-33; Jr 1:10,18; 5:14
I have killed them with the words from my mouth.
My judgment strikes like lightning.#6:5 LXX, Syr, Tg; MT reads Your judgments go out as light
6For I desire faithful love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God#Hs 4:1 rather than burnt offerings.#Mt 9:13; 12:7
7But they, like Adam,#6:7 Or they, as at Adam, or they, like men, have violated the covenant;#Hs 8:1
there they have betrayed me.#Hs 5:7
8Gilead is a city of evildoers,#Hs 12:11
tracked with bloody footprints.#Hs 4:2
9Like raiders who wait in ambush for someone,#Hs 7:1
a band of priests murders on the road to Shechem.#Jr 7:9-10; Hs 4:2
They commit atrocities.#Ezk 22:9; 23:27; Hs 2:10
10I have seen something horrible#Jr 5:30-31; 23:14 in the house of Israel:
Ephraim’s promiscuity is there;#Hs 5:3 Israel is defiled.
11A harvest is also appointed for you, Judah.#Jr 51:33; Jl 3:13
When I#6:11 Or you. Judah, when I return my people from captivity,#Zph 2:7