1 "Come, let's return to the LORD; for it is he who has injured us and will heal us; he has struck us down, but he will bind us up.
2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, so that we may live before him.
3 Let's know, let's press on to know the LORD; whose appearing is as certain as the dawn; who will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that give drink to the earth."

Infidelity and divine retribution

4 Ephraim, what will I do with you? Judah, what will I do with you? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that vanishes quickly.
5 Therefore, I have attacked them by the prophets, I have killed them by the words of my mouth, and my judgment goes forth like a light.
6 I desire faithful love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God instead of entirely burned offerings.
7 But like Adam they broke the covenant; then they acted in bad faith against me.
8 Gilead is a city of wicked people, tracked with blood.
9 As robbers lie in wait for someone, so the priests are in league with each other; they murder on the road to Shechem; they have done evil things.
10 In the house of Israel I have seen something horrible; Ephraim acts like a prostitute; Israel is defiled.
11 For you also, Judah, a harvest is appointed, when I would improve the circumstances of my people.