They say ,a If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become anotherman's, shall he return unto her again ? shall not that land be greatlypolluted ? but thou hast played the harlot with manylovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.2
Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and seewhere thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.3
Therefore the showers have been withholden , and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore'sforehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed .
Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?5
Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest .
The LORDsaid also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backslidingIsrael hath done ? she is gone up upon every highmountain and under every greentree, and there hath played the harlot .
And I saidafter she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacheroussisterJudahsaw it.
And I saw , when for all the causes whereby backslidingIsrael committed adultery I had put her away , and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacheroussisterJudahfeared not, but went and played the harlot also.
And it came to pass through the lightnessb of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.10
And yet for all this her treacheroussisterJudah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly,csaith the LORD.11
And the LORDsaid unto me, The backslidingIsrael hath justifiedherself more than treacherousJudah.12Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say , Return , thou backslidingIsrael,saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful,saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.13
Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every greentree, and ye have not obeyed my voice,saith the LORD.14Turn , O backslidingchildren,saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:15
And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding .
And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days,saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind:d neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.
At that time they shall callJerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imaginatione of their evilheart.18
In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall cometogether out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.19
But I said , How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasantfland, a goodlyheritage of the hosts of nations? and I said , Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away from me.20Surely as a wifetreacherously departeth from her husband,g so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel,saith the LORD.21
A voice was heard upon the high places,weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God.22Return , ye backslidingchildren, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God.23Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains:truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel.24
For shame hath devoured the labour of our fathers from our youth; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters.25
We lie down in our shame, and our confusioncovereth us: for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.