A Call to Repentance
1Come,⚓ and let us return to the Lord;
For ⚓He has torn, but ⚓He will heal us;
He has stricken, but He will bind us up.
2⚓After two days He will revive us;
On the third day He will raise us up,
That we may live in His sight.
3⚓Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.
His going forth is established ⚓as the morning;
⚓He will come to us ⚓like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth.
Impenitence of Israel and Judah
4“O Ephraim, what shall I do to you?
O Judah, what shall I do to you?
For your faithfulness is like a morning cloud,
And like the early dew it goes away.
5Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,
I have slain them by ⚓the words of My mouth;
And your judgments are like light that goes forth.
6For I desire ⚓mercy and ⚓not sacrifice,
And the ⚓knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
7“But like men they transgressed the covenant;
There they dealt treacherously with Me.
8⚓Gilead is a city of evildoers
And defiled with blood.
9As bands of robbers lie in wait for a man,
So the company of ⚓priests ⚓murder on the way to Shechem;
Surely they commit ⚓lewdness.
10I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel:
There is the harlotry of Ephraim;
Israel is defiled.
11Also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed for you,
When I return the captives of My people.