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 loyalty 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; # Or have cut down the prophets # 1Sm 15:32-33; Jr 1:10,18; 5:14
I have killed them with the words of My mouth.
My judgment strikes like lightning. # LXX, Syr, Tg; MT reads Your judgments go out as light
6For I desire loyalty and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God # Hs 4:1 rather than burnt offerings. # Mt 9:13; 12:7
7But they, like Adam, # 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 # Or you. Judah, when I return My people from captivity, # Zph 2:7