1Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 2#Luke 24.46; 1 Cor 15.4. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. 3Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
4O E´phra-im, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away. 5Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth. 6#Matt 9.13; 12.7. For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
7But they like men#6.7 like men or like Adam. have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me. 8Gil´e-ad is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood. 9And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent:#6.9 by consent or toward Shechem. for they commit lewdness. 10I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of E´phra-im, Israel is defiled.
11Also, O Judah, he hath set a harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people.