They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and becomeanotherman’s, shall he returnunto her again? shall not thatland be greatlypolluted? but thouhastplayed the harlotwithmanylovers; yet returnagain to me, saith the LORD.
Lift up thineeyesunto the highplaces, and see wherethouhast not beenlienwith. In the wayshastthou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thouhastpolluted the landwith thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.
And I saw, when for all the causeswherebybackslidingIsraelcommittedadultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacheroussisterJudahfeared not, but went and played the harlotalso.
Go and proclaimthesewordstoward the north, and say, Return, thoubackslidingIsrael, saith the LORD; and I will not causemineanger to fallupon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keepanger for ever.
And it shallcome to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in thosedays, saith the LORD, theyshall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neithershall it come to mind: neithershalltheyremember it; neithershalltheyvisit it; neithershallthat be done any more.
At thattimetheyshallcallJerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nationsshall be gatheredunto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neithershalltheywalk any moreafter the imagination of theirevilheart.
We lie down in our shame, and our confusioncovereth us: for we havesinnedagainst the LORD our God, we and our fathers, from our youthevenuntothis day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.