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“Come, let us return to the LORD; for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck down, and he will bind us up. 2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. 3 Let us know, let us press on to know the LORD; his appearing is as sure as the dawn; he will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth.” 4 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes away early. 5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets, I have killed them by the words of my mouth, and my c Gk: Meaning of Heb uncertain judgment goes forth as the light. 6 For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

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But at d Cn: Heb to a king who will contend Adam they transgressed the covenant; there they dealt faithlessly with me. 8 Gilead is a city of evildoers, tracked with blood. 9 As robbers lie in wait e Gk Syr: Heb your for someone, so the priests are banded together; f Cn: Heb like they murder on the road to Shechem, they commit a monstrous crime. 10 In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing; Ephraim's whoredom is there, Israel is defiled. 11 For you also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed.

When I would restore the fortunes of my people,

Notes:

a Gk: Meaning of Heb uncertain

b Cn: Heb to a king who will contend

c Gk Syr: Heb your

d Cn: Heb like