1 |Come and let us return to Jehovah; For he hath torn, and he will heal us; He hath smitten, and he will bind up our wounds:
2 He will revive us after two days, On the third day he will raise us up,
3 And we shall live in his presence: And we shall know and pursue after the knowledge of Jehovah; As the dawn, his going forth is appointed; And he shall come as the rain to us, As the latter rain -- a rain to the earth.| (260)
4 What shall I do to thee, Ephraim? What shall I do to thee, Judah? For your goodness is like the morning dew, Like the cloud which passeth away early.
5 I have therefore hewn them by my Prophets, I have slain them by the words of my mouth; And thy judgments have been as the light which goeth forth:
6 For mercy I desire, and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God before burnt-offerings.
7 But they as men have transgressed the covenant; In this they have dealt perfidiously with me.
8 Gilead is a city of those who work iniquity, filled with blood;
9 And, as robbers wait for a man, The company of priests kill in the way by consent; For their wicked purpose they accomplish.
10 In the house of Israel have I seen infamy; There is the wantonness of Ephraim, -- Israel is polluted.
11 Judah also did set a plant for thee, While I was restoring the captivity of my people.