6 Come, and let us return to the Lord; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will [a]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. 5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets, I have slain them by the words of My mouth; And [b]your judgments are like light that goes forth. 6 For I desire mercy[c] and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
7 “But like [d]men they transgressed the covenant; There they dealt treacherously with Me. 8 Gilead is a city of evildoers And[e]defiled with blood. 9 As bands of robbers lie in wait for a man, So the company of priests murder on the way to Shechem; Surely they commit lewdness. 10 I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel: There is the [f]harlotry of Ephraim; Israel is defiled. 11 Also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed for you, When I return the captives of My people.
Israel Has Rebelled Against God
7 “When I would have healed Israel, Then the iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered, And the wickedness of Samaria. For they have committed fraud; A thief comes in; A band of robbers [g]takes spoil outside. 2 They [h]do not consider in their hearts ThatI remember all their wickedness; Now their own deeds have surrounded them; They are before My face.
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