Is Ephraim my dear son? is he the child of my delight? for whenever I say things against him, I still keep him in my memory: so my heart is troubled for him; I will certainly have mercy on him, says the Lord.
Let the sinner give up his way, and the evil-doer his purpose: and let him come back to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him; and to our God, for there is full forgiveness with him.
Let your eyes be looking down from heaven, from your holy and beautiful house: where is your deep feeling, the working of your power? do not keep back the moving of your pity and your mercies:
Then Joseph's heart went out to his brother, and he went quickly into his room, for he was overcome with weeping.
So they put away the strange gods from among them, and became the Lord's servants; and his soul was angry because of the sorrows of Israel.
My loved one put his hand on the door, and my heart was moved for him.
For this cause the cords of my heart are sounding for Moab, and I am full of sorrow for Kir-heres.
I will put right their errors; freely will my love be given to them, for my wrath is turned away from him.
For the Lord will be judge of his people, he will have pity for his servants; when he sees that their power is gone, there is no one, shut up or free.
Then the mother of the living child came forward, for her heart went out to her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the child; do not on any account put it to death. But the other woman said, It will not be mine or yours; let it be cut in two.
For to those who are dear to him the Lord says sharp words, and makes the son in whom he has delight undergo pain.
For I will not give punishment for ever, or be angry without end: for from me breath goes out; and I it was who made the souls.
But I said, How am I to put you among the children, and give you a desired land, a heritage of glory among the armies of the nations? and I said, You are to say to me, My father; and not be turned away from me.
They will come with weeping, and going before them I will be their guide: guiding them by streams of water in a straight way where there is no falling: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is the first of my sons.
So my heart is sounding for Moab like the sound of pipes, and my heart is sounding like pipes for the men of Kir-heres: for the wealth he has got for himself has come to an end.
For the Lord does not give a man up for ever.
How may I give you up, O Ephraim? how may I be your saviour, O Israel? how may I make you like Admah? how may I do to you as I did to Zeboim? My heart is turned in me, it is soft with pity.
Who is a God like you, offering forgiveness for evil-doing and overlooking the sins of the rest of his heritage? he does not keep his wrath for ever, because his delight is in mercy.
For this, my son, who was dead, is living again; he had gone away from me, and has come back. And they were full of joy.
But it was right to be glad and to have a feast; for this your brother, who was dead, is living again; he had gone away and has come back.
For God is my witness, how my love goes out to you all in the loving mercies of Christ Jesus.