1
Come and let us return unto Jehovah: for he hath torn, and he will heal us;
he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
2
After two days will he revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live before his face;
3
and we shall know, — we shall follow on to know Jehovah: his going forth is assured as the morning dawn;
and he will come unto us as the rain, as the latter rain which watereth the earth.
4
What shall I do unto thee, Ephraim?
What shall I do unto thee, Judah?
For your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the dew that early passeth away.
5
Therefore have I hewed [them] by the prophets;
I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and my judgment goeth forth as the light.
6
For I delight in loving-kindness, and not sacrifice;
and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings.
7
But they like Adam have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.
8
Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity;
it is tracked with blood.
9
And as troops of robbers lie in wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way of Shechem;
yea, they commit lewdness.
10
In the house of Israel have I seen a horrible thing: the whoredom of Ephraim is there;
Israel is defiled.
11
Also, for thee, Judah, is a harvest appointed, when I shall turn again the captivity of my people.