1 ‘Come, and let us return unto יהוה; for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up.
2 After two days will He revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight.
3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know יהוה. His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.’
4 “O Efrayim, what shall I do unto you? O Judah (Yehudah), what shall I do unto you? For your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.
5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of My mouth; and your judgments are as the light that goeth forth.
6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God (Elohim) more than burnt offerings.
7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant; there have they dealt treacherously against Me.
8 Gilad is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.
9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests (kohanim) murder in the way by consent; for they commit lewdness.
10 I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Yisrael; there is the whoredom of Efrayim, Yisrael is defiled.
11 Also, O Judah (Yehudah), he hath set a harvest for you, when I returned the captivity of My people.”