6 “Come, let’s ·go back [return] to the Lord. He has ·hurt us [torn us to pieces], but he will heal us. He has wounded us, but he will ·bandage [bind up] our wounds. 2 ·In [After] two days he will ·put new life in [revive; restore] us; on the third day he will raise us up [C in a short time] so that we may live in his presence 3 and know him. Let’s ·try [press on] to ·learn about [know] the Lord; he will come to us as surely as the dawn comes. He will come to us ·like rain [or as sure as the winter rains come], like the ·spring [latter] rain that waters the ·ground [earth].”
4 The Lord says, “·Israel [L Ephraim; 4:17], what should I do with you? Judah, what should I do with you? Your faithfulness is like a morning mist, like the dew that goes away early in the day. 5 I have ·warned you [L cut you into pieces; hewn you] by my prophets that I will kill you with ·my words [L the words of my mouth]. My ·justice [judgment] comes out like ·bright light [or the morning dawn]. 6 I ·want [desire; delight in] ·faithful love [mercy; lovingkindness] ·more than I want animal sacrifices [L and not sacrifice]. I want ·people to know me [the knowledge of God] more than I want burnt offerings [Lev. 1:1–17]. 7 But they ·have broken [transgressed] the ·agreement [covenant] as ·Adam did [or human beings did; or they did at Adamah; Josh. 3:16]; they have ·been unfaithful to [dealt treacherously with] me. 8 Gilead is a city of ·people who do evil [sinners; evildoers]; ·their footprints are bloody [tracked with bloody footprints]. 9 The ·priests [L company of priests] are like robbers ·waiting [lying in ambush] to attack people; they murder people on the road to Shechem [C a city of refuge for someone who committed involuntary manslaughter; Josh. 20:7; 21:21; 1 Chr. 6:67] and do wicked things. 10 I have seen horrible things in ·Israel [or the temple of Israel; L the house of Israel]. Look at ·Israel’s [L Ephraim’s; 4:17] prostitution; Israel has become ·unclean [defiled].
11 “Judah, I have ·set [appointed] a harvest time for you when I will ·make the lives of my people good again [restore the fortunes of my people; or return my people from captivity].
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