Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God.
He looks upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;
For he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;
For thus says the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he has torn, and he will heal us; he has smitten, and he will bind us up.
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God.
A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God.
In those days, and in that time, says the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God.
How shall I give you up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver you, Israel? how shall I make you as Admah? how shall I set you as Zeboiim? my heart is turned within me, my compassion is stirred.
I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for my anger has turned away from him.
In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword has devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.
O LORD, are not your eyes upon the truth? you have stricken them, but they have not grieved; you have consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects: therefore despise not the chastening of the Almighty:
Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.
Blessed is the man whom you chasten, O LORD, and teach him out of your law;
I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right, and that you in faithfulness have afflicted me.
My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
Why should you be stricken any more? you will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
For the people turn not unto him that strikes them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.
For the iniquity of his covetousness was I angry, and struck him: I hid myself, and was angry, and he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.
Therefore will I be unto Ephraim like a moth, and to the house of Judah like rottenness.
She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God.
And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks unto you as unto children, My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked of him:
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Be you not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, else they come not near unto you.
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool's back.
He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
Your sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as an antelope in a net: they are full of the fury of the LORD, the rebuke of your God.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
And Ephraim is as a heifer that is trained, and loves to tread out the grain; but I harnessed her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to pull a plow; Judah shall plow, and Jacob must break his clods.
Surely it is fitting to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more:
Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land:
1 Corinthians 11:31
For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.