18 “I have surely heard Ephraim’s moaning:
    ‘You disciplined(A) me like an unruly calf,(B)
    and I have been disciplined.
Restore(C) me, and I will return,
    because you are the Lord my God.

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19 After I strayed,(A)
    I repented;
after I came to understand,
    I beat(B) my breast.
I was ashamed(C) and humiliated
    because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’(D)

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21 A cry is heard on the barren heights,(A)
    the weeping(B) and pleading of the people of Israel,
because they have perverted their ways
    and have forgotten(C) the Lord their God.

22 “Return,(D) faithless people;
    I will cure(E) you of backsliding.”(F)

“Yes, we will come to you,
    for you are the Lord our God.
23 Surely the idolatrous commotion on the hills(G)
    and mountains is a deception;
surely in the Lord our God
    is the salvation(H) of Israel.
24 From our youth shameful(I) gods have consumed
    the fruits of our ancestors’ labor—
their flocks and herds,
    their sons and daughters.
25 Let us lie down in our shame,(J)
    and let our disgrace cover us.
We have sinned(K) against the Lord our God,
    both we and our ancestors;(L)
from our youth(M) till this day
    we have not obeyed(N) the Lord our God.”

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Mourning for the One They Pierced

10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit[a](A) of grace and supplication.(B) They will look on[b] me, the one they have pierced,(C) and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child,(D) and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.(E)

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  1. Zechariah 12:10 Or the Spirit
  2. Zechariah 12:10 Or to

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