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 lightnessa 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,bsaith 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:c 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 imaginationd of their evilheart.