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"Come, and let us return unto the LORD;
for He hath torn, and He will heal us, He hath smitten, and He will bind us up.
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After two days will He revive us, on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His presence.
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And let us know, eagerly strive to know the LORD, His going forth is sure as the morning;
and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter rain that watereth the earth."
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O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee?
O Judah, what shall I do unto thee?
for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the dew that early passeth away.
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Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets, I have slain them by the words of My mouth;
and thy judgment goeth forth as the light.
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For I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God rather than burnt-offerings.
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But they like men have transgressed the covenant;
there have they dealt treacherously against Me.
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Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, it is covered with footprints of blood.
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And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so doth the company of priests;
they murder in the way toward Shechem;
yea, they commit enormity.
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In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing;
there harlotry is found in Ephraim, Israel is defiled.
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Also, O Judah, there is a harvest appointed for thee!
When I would turn the captivity of My people,