Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets, I killed you with the words of my mouth;1 my judgments flashed like lightning upon you.26
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,3 and acknowledgment4 of God rather than burnt offerings.57
Like Adam,a they have broken the covenant6-- they were unfaithful7 to me there.
Gilead is a city of wicked men,8 stained with footprints of blood.
As marauders lie in ambush for a man,9 so do bands of priests; they murder10 on the road to Shechem, committing shameful crimes.1110
I have seen a horrible12 thing in the house of Israel. There Ephraim is given to prostitution and Israel is defiled.1311
"Also for you, Judah, a harvest14 is appointed. "Whenever I would restore the fortunes15 of my people,