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1Come, and let us return unto Hashem; for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath struck, and He will bind us up. 2After two days He will revive us; in the Yom HaShelishi He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. 3Then shall we know, if we follow on to know Hashem; His going forth is prepared as the shachar (dawn); and He shall come unto us as the geshem (winter rain), as the malkosh (spring rain, i.e., as the latter and former rain, which is the winter and spring rain) unto ha'aretz. 4O Ephrayim, what shall I do unto thee? O Yehudah, what shall I do with thee? For your chesed (faithfulness, loyalty) is as an anan boker (morning cloud), and as the early dew that disappears. 5Therefore have I cut them to pieces with the nevi'im; I have slain them by the words of My mouth; thy mishpatim are as the ohr (light, lightning) that goeth forth. 6For I desired chesed, and not zevach; and the da'as Elohim more than olot (burnt offerings). [Mt 9:13 OJBC] 7But they are like Adam, they have transgressed the brit (covenant); there have they dealt treacherously against Me. 8Gil`ad is a city of evildoers, is trodden with dahm. 9And as gedudim (marauders) lie in wait for a man, so the chever (band) [of] kohanim murder in the way to Shechem; for they commit shameful crimes. 10I have seen a horrible thing in Bais Yisroel: there is the zenut (whoredom) of Ephrayim; Yisroel is tameh (unclean, defiled). 11Also, O Yehudah, he hath set a katzir (harvest [of punishment]) for thee, when I turn the Shevut Ami (Captivity of My people, i.e., restore their fortunes).
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