God asays, "1If a husbanddivorces his wife And she goes from him And belongs to anotherman, Will he stillreturn to her? Will not that land be completelybpolluted ? But you 2are a harlot with manyclovers ; Yet you 3turn to Me," declares the LORD.
2"Lift up your eyes to the 4bareheights and see ; Where have you not been violated ? By the roads you have 5sat for them Like an Arab in the desert, And you have 6polluted a land With your harlotry and with your wickedness.
"Therefore the 7showers have been withheld, And there has beennospringrain. Yet you had a 8harlot'sforehead ; You refused to be ashamed.
"Have you not just nowcalled to Me, '9My Father, You are the d10friend of my 11youth ?
'12Will He be angryforever ? Will He ebe indignant to the end ?' Behold, you have spoken And have doneevilthings, And you have fhad your way."
Then the LORDsaid to me in the days of Josiah the king, "Have you seenwhatfaithlessIsraeldid ? She 13went up on everyhighhill and undereverygreentree, and she was a harlotthere.
"14I gthought, 'After she has doneallthesethings she will return to Me'; but she did not return, and her 15treacheroussisterJudahsaw it.
"And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithlessIsrael, I had sent her away and 16given her a writ of divorce, yet her 17treacheroussisterJudah did not fear ; but she went and was a harlotalso.
9"Because of the lightness of her harlotry, she 18polluted the land and committedadultery with 19stones and trees.
10"Yet in spite of allthis her treacheroussisterJudah did not return to Me with all her heart, but rather in 20deception," declares the LORD.
And the LORDsaid to me, "21FaithlessIsrael has provedherselfmorerighteousthantreacherousJudah.
12"Go and proclaimthesewords toward the north and say, '22Return, faithlessIsrael,' declares the LORD ; '23I will not hlook upon you in anger. For I am 24gracious,' declares the LORD ; 'I will not be angryforever.
13'Onlyi25acknowledge your iniquity, That you have transgressed against the LORD your God And have 26scattered your jfavors to the strangers27undereverygreentree, And you have not obeyed My voice,' declares the LORD.
14'Return, O faithlesssons,' declares the LORD ; 'For I am a 28master to you, And I will take you one from a city and two from a family, And 29I will bring you to Zion.'
"Then I will give you 30shepherds after My own heart, who will 31feed you on knowledge and understanding.
"It shall be in thosedayswhen you are multiplied and increased in the land," declares the LORD, "they will 32nolongersay, 'The ark of the covenant of the LORD.' And it will not come to mind, nor will they remember it, nor will they miss it, nor will it be madeagain.
"At that time they will callJerusalem 'The 33Throne of the LORD,' and 34all the nations will be gathered to it, to Jerusalem, for the 35name of the LORD; nor will they 36walkanymoreafter the stubbornness of their evilheart.
"37In thosedays the house of Judah will walk with the house of Israel, and they will cometogether38from the land of the north to the 39land that I gave your fathers as an inheritance.
"Then I said, 'How I would set you among kMy sons And give you a pleasantland, The most40beautifulinheritance of the nations !' And I said, 'You shall call Me, 41My Father, And not turnaway from following Me.'
20"Surely, as a womantreacherously departs from her llover, So you have 42dealttreacherously with Me, O house of Israel," declares the LORD.
A voice is heard on the 43bareheights, The weeping and the supplications of the sons of Israel ; Because they have perverted their way, They have 44forgotten the LORD their God.
22"Return, O faithlesssons, 45I will heal your faithlessness." "Behold, we come to You; For You are the LORD our God.
23"Surely, 46the hills are a deception, A tumult on the mountains. Surely in the 47LORD our God Is the salvation of Israel.
"But 48the shamefulthing has consumed the labor of our fatherssince our youth, their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters.
"Let us liedown in our 49shame, and let our humiliationcover us; for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, 50from our youth even to thisday. And we have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God."