Come, a and let us return to the LORD;
For b He has torn, but c He will heal us;
He has stricken, but He will 1 bind us up. 2 d After two days He will revive us;
On the third day He will raise us up,
That we may live in His sight. 3 e Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD.
His going forth is established f as the morning;
g He will come to us h like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth.
"O Ephraim, what shall I do to you?
O Judah, what shall I do to you?
For your faithfulness is like a morning cloud,
And like the early dew it goes away. 5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,
I have slain them by i the words of My mouth;
And 2 your judgments are like light that goes forth. 6 For I desire j mercy 3 and k not sacrifice,
And the l knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
"But like 4 men they transgressed the covenant;
There they dealt treacherously with Me. 8 m Gilead is a city of evildoers
And 5 defiled with blood. 9 As bands of robbers lie in wait for a man,
So the company of n priests o murder on the way to Shechem;
Surely they commit p lewdness. 10 I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel:
There is the 6 harlotry of Ephraim;
Israel is defiled.
Also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed for you,
When I return the captives of My people.
"When I would have healed Israel,
Then the iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered,
And the wickedness of Samaria.
For a they have committed fraud;
A thief comes in;
A band of robbers 7 takes spoil outside. 2 They 8 do not consider in their hearts
That b I remember all their wickedness;
Now their own deeds have surrounded them;
They are before My face. 3 They make a c king glad with their wickedness,
And princes d with their lies. 4 "They e are all adulterers.
Like an oven heated by a baker -
He ceases stirring the fire after kneading the dough,
Until it is leavened. 5 In the day of our king
Princes have made him sick, 9 inflamed with f wine;
He stretched out his hand with scoffers. 6 They prepare their heart like an oven,
While they lie in wait;
10 Their baker sleeps all night;
In the morning it burns like a flaming fire. 7 They are all hot, like an oven,
And have devoured their judges;
All their kings have fallen.
g None among them calls upon Me.
" Ephraim h has mixed himself among the peoples;
Ephraim is a cake unturned. 9 i Aliens have devoured his strength,
But he does not know it;
Yes, gray hairs are here and there on him,
Yet he does not know it. 10 And the j pride of Israel testifies to his face,
But k they do not return to the LORD their God,
Nor seek Him for all this.
" Ephraim l also is like a silly dove, without 11 sense -
m They call to Egypt,
They go to n Assyria. 12 Wherever they go, I will o spread My net on them;
I will bring them down like birds of the air;
I will chastise them
p According to what their congregation has heard. 13 "Woe to them, for they have fled from Me!
Destruction to them,
Because they have transgressed against Me!
Though q I redeemed them,
Yet they have spoken lies against Me.
r They did not cry out to Me with their heart
When they wailed upon their beds.
"They 12 assemble together for grain and new s wine,
13 They rebel against Me; 15 Though I disciplined and strengthened their arms,
Yet they devise evil against Me; 16 They return, but not 14 to the Most High; 14
t They are like a treacherous bow.
Their princes shall fall by the sword
For the u cursings of their tongue.
This shall be their derision v in the land of Egypt.