1 Come, let us return to ADONAI; for he has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck, and he will bind our wounds.
2 After two days, he will revive us; on the third day, he will raise us up; and we will live in his presence.
3 Let us know, let us strive to know ADONAI. That he will come is as certain as morning; he will come to us like the rain, like the spring rains that water the earth.
4 "Efrayim, what should I do to you? Y'hudah, what should I do to you? For your 'faithful love' is like a morning cloud, like dew that disappears quickly.
5 This is why I have cut them to pieces by the prophets, slaughtered them with the words from my mouth - the judgment on you shines out like light.
6 For what I desire is mercy, not sacrifices, knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
7 "But they, just like men, have broken the covenant, they have been faithless in dealing with me.
8 Gil'ad is a city of criminals, covered with bloody footprints;
9 just as bands of robbers wait to ambush someone, so does a gang of cohanim. They commit murder on the road to Sh'khem! Their conduct is an outrage!
10 In the house of Isra'el I have seen a horrible thing; whoring is found there in Efrayim, Isra'el is defiled.
11 For you, too, Y'hudah, a harvest will come! "When I restore the fortunes of my people,