A Call to Repentance
1“Come, let us return to the Lord;
for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us;
he has struck down, and he will bind us up.
2After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him.
3Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord;
his appearing is as sure as the dawn;
he will come to us like the showers,
like the spring rains that water the earth.”
Impenitence of Israel and Judah
4What 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 away early.
5Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,
I have killed them by the words of my mouth,
and my#6.5 Gk Syr: Heb your judgment goes forth as the light.
6For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
7But at#6.7 Cn: Heb like Adam they transgressed the covenant;
there they dealt faithlessly with me.
8Gilead is a city of evildoers,
tracked with blood.
9As robbers lie in wait#6.9 Cn: Meaning of Heb uncertain for someone,
so the priests are banded together;#6.9 Syr: Heb are a company
they murder on the road to Shechem,
they commit a monstrous crime.
10In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing;
Ephraim's whoredom is there, Israel is defiled.
11For you also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed.
When I would restore the fortunes of my people,