A Call to Yahweh

1 Come, let us return to Yahweh; because [it is] he who has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck us down and will bind us up.
2 He will revive us after two days; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live in his presence.
3 Let us know, let us press on to know Yahweh; his rising [is] sure like [the] dawn. He will come like the showers to us, like [the] spring rain that waters [the] earth.
4 What will I do with you, [O] Ephraim? What will I do with you, [O] Judah? Your love [is] like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes away early in the morning.
5 Therefore, I have hewn [them] by [the] prophets; I have killed them by the words of my mouth, and my judgment goes forth like the light.
6 Because I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
7 But like Adam, they transgressed [the] covenant; there they dealt faithlessly with me.
8 Gilead [is] a city of evil, a cunning [city] because of blood.
9 Like bandits lying in wait, [so is] a band of priests; they murder [on the] road to Shechem; indeed, they commit a monstrous crime.
10 In the house of Israel I have seen something horrible; Ephraim's unfaithfulness [is] there. Israel is defiled.

Ephraim’s Guilt

11 For you also, [O] Judah, a harvest is appointed, when I restore the fortunes of my people,