1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
1 "Come, let us return to the LORD; even though he has torn us, he will heal us. Even though he has wounded us, he will bind our wounds.
1 “Come and let us return [in repentance] to the Lord,For He has torn us, but He will heal us;He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.
2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
2 After two days, he will restore us to life, on the third day he will raise us up, and we will live in his presence.
3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: 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.
3 Let us know, let us pursue knowledge of the LORD; his coming is as certain as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the autumn and spring rains come on the earth.
3 “So let us know and become personally acquainted with Him; let us press on to know and understand fully the [greatness of the] Lord [to honor, heed, and deeply cherish Him].His appearing is prepared and is as certain as the dawn,And He will come to us [in salvation] like the [heavy] rain,Like the spring rain watering the earth.”
4 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.
4 "What am I to do with you, Ephraim? What am I to do with you, Judah? Your love is like a morning rain cloud it passes away like the morning dew.
4 O Ephraim, what shall I do with you?O Judah, what shall I do with you?For your [wavering] loyalty and kindness are [transient] like the morning cloudAnd like the dew that goes away early.
5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.
5 Therefore I cut them to pieces by the prophets, killing them by the words from my mouth. The verdict against you shines like a beacon.
5 Therefore, I have hewn them in pieces by [the words of] the prophets;I have slain them by the words of My mouth;My judgments [pronounced upon them by the prophets] are like the light that shines forth [obvious to all].
6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
6 For it is love that I seek, and not sacrifice; knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.
7 "But like Adam, they broke the covenant; in this they have acted deceitfully against me.
7 But they, like Adam, have transgressed the covenant;There they have dealt treacherously against Me.
8 Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.
8 Gilead is a lawless town; it is polluted by bloodshed.
8 Gilead is a city of wrongdoers;It is tracked with bloody footprints.
9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.
9 Like a gang of thieves that stalk a man, priests commit murder along the road to Shechem, committing shameful crimes.
10 I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.
10 I have seen a horrible evil in the house of Israel Ephraim's promiscuity. Israel is defiled.
10 I have seen a horrible thing [sins of every kind] in the house of Israel!Ephraim’s prostitution (idolatry) is there; Israel has defiled itself.
11 Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people.
11 "So, Judah, a harvest has been appointed for you when I restore my people from captivity."
11 Also, O Judah, there is a harvest [of divine judgment] appointed for you,When I restore the fortunes of My people [who have been slaves to the misery of sin].
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