1 Come, and let us return unto Yahweh! for, he, hath torn, that he might heal us, - smitten, that he might bind us up. 2 He will bring us to life, after two days, - on the third day, will he raise us up, that we may live before him. 3 Then let us know - let us press on to know - Yahweh, Like the dawn, is his coming forth assured, - that he may come like a down-pour upon us, like the harvest-rain, and the seed-rain of the land.
4 What can I do unto thee, O Ephraim? What can I do unto thee, O Judah? for, your lovingkindness, is like a morning cloud, yea, like the dew, early departing! 5 For this cause, have I hewn them in pieces by the prophets, I have slain them by the sayings of my mouth, - and, my justice, as a light goeth forth. 6 For, lovingkindness, I desired, and not sacrifice, - and the knowledge of God, more than ascending-offerings.
7 But, they, like Adam, have transgressed a covenant, - There, have they dealt treacherously with me. 8 Gilead, is a city of workers of iniquity, - tracked with blood. 9 And, like liers in wait for a man, in troops, is a band of priests, on the road, will they murder towards Shechem, - because, a shameful deed, they have done. 10 In the house of Israel, have I seen a horrible thing, - there, the unchastity of Ephraim, defiled is Israel. 11 Judah too! a harvest is appointed for thee, - in that I will bring back the captivity of my people.