1
Come, and let vs returne to the Lord: for he hath spoyled, and he will heale vs: he hath wounded vs, and he will binde vs vp.
2
After two dayes will he reuiue vs, and in the third day he will raise vs vp, and we shall liue in his sight.
3
Then shall we haue knowledge, and indeuour our selues to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning, and he shall come vnto vs as the raine, and as the latter raine vnto the earth.
4
O Ephraim, what shall I doe vnto thee?
O Iudah, how shall I intreate thee?
for your goodnesse is as a morning cloude, and as the morning dewe it goeth away.
5
Therefore haue I cut downe by the Prophets: I haue slaine them by the wordes of my mouth, and thy iudgements were as the light that goeth forth.
6
For I desired mercie, and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more then burnt offrings.
7
But they like men haue transgressed the couenant: there haue they trespassed against me.
8
Gilead is a citie of them that worke iniquitie, and is polluted with blood.
9
And as the eues waite for a man, so the companie of Priestes murther in the way by consent: for they worke mischiefe.
10
I haue seene vileny in the house of Israel: there is ye whoredome of Ephraim: Israel is defiled.
11
Yea, Iudah hath set a plant for thee, whiles I woulde returne ye captiuitie of my people.