If you return,a Israel- [this is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration- [if] you return to Me, if you remove your detestable idolsb from My presence and do not waver,
if you swear, As the Lord lives,c in truth, in justice, and in righteousness, then the nations will be blessedd by Him and will pride themselves in Him.e3
For this is what the Lord says to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: Break up the unplowed ground;f do not sow among the thorns.
Circumcise yourselves to the Lord; remove the foreskin of your hearts,g men of Judah and residents of Jerusalem. Otherwise, My wrath will break out like fire and burn with no one to extinguish [it]h because of your evil deeds.
Declare in Judah, proclaim in Jerusalem, and say: Blow the ram's horn throughout the land. Cry out loudly and say: Assemble yourselves, and let's flee to the fortified cities.
Lift up a signal flag toward Zion. Run for cover! Don't stand still! For I am bringing disaster from the north- a great destruction.i