6 “Come, let us return to the Lord; even though he has torn us,[a] he will heal us. Even though he has wounded us, he will bind our wounds.[b] 2 After two days, he will restore us to life, on the third day he will raise us up, and we will live in his presence. 3 Let us know, let us pursue knowledge of the Lord; his coming is as certain as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the autumn and spring rains come on the earth.
4 “What am I to do with you, Ephraim? What am I to do with you, Judah? Your love is like a morning rain cloud— it passes away like the morning dew. 5 Therefore I cut them[c] to pieces by the prophets, killing them by the words from my mouth. The verdict against you shines like a beacon. 6 For it is love that I seek, and not sacrifice; knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
7 “But like Adam,[d] they broke the covenant; in this they have acted deceitfully against me. 8 Gilead is a lawless town; it is polluted by bloodshed. 9 Like a gang of thieves that stalk a man, priests commit murder along the road to Shechem, committing shameful crimes. 10 I have seen a horrible evil in the house of Israel— Ephraim’s promiscuity. Israel is defiled.
11 “So, Judah, a harvest has been appointed for you when I restore my people from captivity.”
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