1 “Come, and let us return to Jehovah, For he has torn us to pieces, but he will heal us. He struck us, but he will bind our wounds.
2 He will revive us after two days. On the third day he will raise us up, And we will live before him.
3 We will know, we will earnestly seek to know Jehovah. His going out is as certain as the dawn; He will come to us like a pouring rain, Like a spring rain that saturates the earth.”
4 “What should I do with you, Eʹphraim? What should I do with you, Judah? For your loyal love is like the morning clouds, Like the dew that quickly vanishes.
5 That is why I will cut them down by means of the prophets; I will kill them with the words of my mouth. And the judgments on you will shine as the light.
6 For in loyal love I delight, not in sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God, rather than in whole burnt offerings.
7 But they, like mere men, have violated the covenant. There they have betrayed me.
8 Gilʹead is a town of evildoers, Covered with footprints of blood.
9 The company of priests are like marauder bands lying in ambush for a man. They murder on the road at Sheʹchem, For their conduct is shameful.
10 I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel. There Eʹphraim practices prostitution; Israel has defiled itself.
11 Furthermore, O Judah, a harvest is set for you, When I gather back the captives of my people.”