The Response to God's Rebuke
1 "Come, R166 let us return to the LORD.
For He R167 has torn us, but He R168 will heal us;
He has wounded F55 us, but He will bandage R169 us.
2 "He will revive R170 us after two days;
He will raise R171 us up on the third day,
That we may live before Him.
3 "So let us know, R172 let us press on to know the LORD.
His going R173 forth is as certain as the dawn;
And He will come to us like the rain, R174
Like the spring rain watering the earth."
4 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? R175
What shall I do with you, O Judah?
For your loyalty F56 is like a morning R176 cloud
And like the dew which goes away early.
5 Therefore I have hewn R177 them in pieces by the prophets;
I have slain them by the words R178 of My mouth;
And the judgments on you are like the light that goes forth.
6 For I R179 delight in loyalty rather R180 than sacrifice,
And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
7 But like R181 Adam F57 they have transgressed R182 the covenant;
There they have dealt R183 treacherously against Me.
8 Gilead R184 is a city of wrongdoers,
Tracked with bloody R185 footprints.
9 And as raiders R186 wait for a man,
So a band of priests murder R187 on the way to Shechem;
Surely they have committed crime. R188 F58
10 In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible R189 thing;
Ephraim's harlotry R190 is there, Israel has defiled itself.
11 Also, O Judah, there is a harvest R191 appointed for you,
When I restore R192 the fortunes of My people.
F55: Lit struck
F56: Or lovingkindness
F57: Or men
F58: Or lewdness
R166: Jeremiah 50:4,5
R167: Deuteronomy 32:39; Hosea 5:14
R168: Jeremiah 30:17; Hosea 14:4
R169: Isaiah 30:26
R170: Psalms 30:5
R171: 1 Corinthians 15:4
R172: Isaiah 2:3; Micah 4:2
R173: Psalms 19:6; Micah 5:2
R174: Job 1:29:23; Psalms 72:6; Joel 2:23
R175: Hosea 7:1; 11:8
R176: Psalms 78:34-37; Hosea 13:3
R177: 1 Samuel 15:32,33; Jeremiah 1:10; 5:14
R178: Jeremiah 23:29
R179: Matthew 9:13; 12:7
R180: Isaiah 1:11
R181: Job 1:31:33
R182: Hosea 8:1
R183: Hosea 5:7
R184: Hosea 12:11
R185: Hosea 4:2
R186: Hosea 7:1
R187: Jeremiah 7:9,10; Hosea 4:2
R188: Ezekiel 22:9; 23:27; Hosea 2:10
R189: Jeremiah 5:30,31; 23:14
R190: Hosea 5:3
R191: Jeremiah 51:33; Joel 3:13
R192: Zephaniah 2:7