hWould not that land be greatly polluted?
iYou have played the whore with many lovers;
2 Lift up your eyes to jthe bare heights, and see!
kBy the waysides you have sat awaiting lovers
hYou have polluted the land
3 lTherefore the showers have been withheld,
yet you have mthe forehead of a whore;
4 Have you not just now ncalled to me,
5 owill he be angry forever,
6 The Lord said to me in the days of pKing Josiah: “Have you seen what she did, that faithless one, Israel, qhow she went up on every high hill and under every green tree, and there iplayed the whore? 7 And I thought, ‘After she has done all this she will return to me,’ but she did not return, and her treacherous rsister Judah saw it. 8 She saw that for all the adulteries of that faithless one, Israel, sI had sent her away with ta decree of divorce. uYet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but she too went iand played the whore. 9 Because she took her whoredom lightly, she polluted the land, committing adultery with vstone and tree. 10 Yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah did not return to me wwith her whole heart, but in pretense, declares the Lord.”
z“‘Return, faithless Israel,
for aI am merciful,
bI will not be angry forever.
13 cOnly acknowledge your guilt,
and scattered your favors among foreigners under devery green tree,
14 eReturn, O faithless children,
ffor I am your master;
15 “‘And gI will give you shepherds after my own heart, hwho will feed you with knowledge and understanding. 16 And when you have multiplied and been fruitful in the land, in those days, declares the Lord, they shall no more say, “The ark of the covenant of the Lord.” It shall not come to mind or be remembered or missed; it shall not be made again. 17 At that time Jerusalem shall be called the throne of the Lord, iand all nations shall gather to it, jto the presence of the Lord in Jerusalem, and they shall no more stubbornly follow their own evil heart. 18 kIn those days the house of Judah shall join the house of Israel, and together they shall come from the land lof the north to mthe land that I gave your fathers for a heritage.
And I thought you would ncall me, My Father,
20 oSurely, as a treacherous wife leaves her husband,
21 A voice on the pbare heights is heard,
qthe weeping and pleading of Israel's sons
22 r“Return, O faithless sons;
sI will heal your faithlessness.”
23 Truly tthe hills are a delusion,
the orgies2 on the mountains.
uTruly in the Lord our God
24 “But from our youth the shameful thing has devoured all for which our fathers labored, their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters. 25 vLet us lie down in our shame, and let our dishonor cover us. For wwe have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even to this day, and we have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.”