I gave faithless Israel(A) her certificate of divorce(B) and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear;(C) she also went out and committed adultery. Because Israel’s immorality mattered so little to her, she defiled the land(D) and committed adultery(E) with stone(F) and wood.(G) 10 In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return(H) to me with all her heart, but only in pretense,(I)” declares the Lord.(J)

11 The Lord said to me, “Faithless Israel is more righteous(K) than unfaithful(L) Judah.(M) 12 Go, proclaim this message toward the north:(N)

“‘Return,(O) faithless(P) Israel,’ declares the Lord,
    ‘I will frown on you no longer,
for I am faithful,’(Q) declares the Lord,
    ‘I will not be angry(R) forever.
13 Only acknowledge(S) your guilt—
    you have rebelled against the Lord your God,
you have scattered your favors to foreign gods(T)
    under every spreading tree,(U)
    and have not obeyed(V) me,’”
declares the Lord.

14 “Return,(W) faithless people,” declares the Lord, “for I am your husband.(X) I will choose you—one from a town and two from a clan—and bring you to Zion.

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