6 Let’s return to the Lord. He has torn us to shreds, but he will bandage our wounds and make us well. 2 In two or three days he will heal us and restore our strength that we may live with him. 3 Let’s do our best to know the Lord. His coming is as certain as the morning sun; he will refresh us like rain renewing the earth in the springtime.
The Lord Speaks to Israel and Judah
4 People of Israel and Judah, what can I do with you? Your love for me disappears more quickly than mist or dew at sunrise. 5 That’s why I slaughtered you with the words of my prophets. That’s why my judgments blazed like the dawning sun.[a] 6 I’d rather for you to be faithful and to know me than to offer sacrifices.
7 At a place named Adam, you[b] betrayed me by breaking our agreement. 8 Everyone in Gilead is evil; your hands are stained with the blood of victims.[c] 9 You priests are like a gang of robbers in ambush.[d] On the road to Shechem[e] you murder and commit other horrible crimes. 10 I have seen a terrible thing in Israel— you are unfaithful and unfit to worship me. 11 People of Judah, your time is coming too.
The Lord Wants To Help Israel
I, the Lord, would like to make my nation prosper again
6.5That’s why my. . . sun: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
6.7At. . . you: Or “Like Adam, you” or “Each one of you.”
6.8your hands. . . victims: This may refer to child sacrifice.
6.9You. . . ambush: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
6.9Shechem: This was one of the towns where people could run for safety, if they had accidentally killed someone (see Joshua 20.1-9).
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