1 "Come, let us return to the LORD. ¶ He has torn us to pieces ¶ but he will heal us; ¶ he has injured us ¶ but he will bind up our wounds.
2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, ¶ that we may live in his presence.
3 Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. ¶ As surely as the sun rises, ¶ he will appear; ¶ he will come to us like the winter rains, ¶ like the spring rains that water the earth."
4 "What can I do with you, Ephraim? ¶ What can I do with you, Judah? ¶ Your love is like the morning mist, ¶ like the early dew that disappears.
5 Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets, I killed you with the words of my mouth — ¶ then my judgments go forth like the sun. [^1]
6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
7 As at Adam, [^2] they have broken the covenant; they were unfaithful to me there.
8 Gilead is a city of evildoers, stained with footprints of blood.
9 As marauders lie in ambush for a victim, so do bands of priests; ¶ they murder on the road to Shechem, ¶ carrying out their wicked schemes.
10 I have seen a horrible thing in Israel: There Ephraim is given to prostitution, ¶ Israel is defiled.
11 "Also for you, Judah, ¶ a harvest is appointed. ¶ "Whenever I would restore the fortunes of my people,