6 “Come, let us yreturn to the Lord;
for zhe has torn us, that he may heal us;
he has struck us down, and ahe will bind us up.
2 After two days bhe will revive us;
dhis going out is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us eas the showers,
fas the spring rains that water the earth.”
What shall I do with you, O hJudah?
Your love is ilike a morning cloud,
ilike the dew that goes early away.
I have slain them jby the words of my mouth,
lthe knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
othere they dealt faithlessly with me.
8 pGilead is a city of evildoers,
qtracked with blood.
9 As robbers rlie in wait for a man,
they murder on the way to sShechem;
when wI restore the fortunes of my people.
7 xWhen I would heal Israel,
and the evil deeds of ySamaria;
for zthey deal falsely;
that aI remember all their evil.
Now btheir deeds surround them;
cthey are before my face.
4 eThey are all adulterers;
5 On the day of four king, the princes
6 For with hearts like an oven gthey approach their intrigue;
8 Ephraim jmixes himself with the peoples;
9 kStrangers devour his strength,
and lhe knows it not;
and lhe knows it not.
nyet they do not return to the Lord their God,
osilly and without sense,
12 As they go, rI will spread over them my net;
13 uWoe to them, for they have strayed from me!
vI would redeem them,
but wthey speak lies against me.
14 xThey do not cry to me from the heart,
but ythey wail upon their beds;
15 Although zI trained and strengthened their arms,
they are blike a treacherous bow;
because of cthe insolence of their tongue.
This shall be their derision din the land of Egypt.
8 Set ethe trumpet to your lips!
One flike a vulture is over the house of the Lord,
because gthey have transgressed my covenant
h“My God, we—Israel—know you.”
lHow long will they be incapable of innocence?
kThe calf of Samaria
7 For nthey sow the wind,
ostrangers would devour it.
8 pIsrael is swallowed up;
as qa useless vessel.
9 For rthey have gone up to Assyria,
sa wild donkey wandering alone;
11 Because Ephraim vhas multiplied altars for sinning,
12 wWere I to write for him my laws by the ten thousands,
xthey sacrifice meat and eat it,
yNow he will remember their iniquity
zthey shall return to Egypt.
and cbuilt palaces,
and aJudah has multiplied fortified cities;
so dI will send a fire upon his cities,
efor you have played the whore, forsaking your God.
fYou have loved a prostitute's wages
2 gThreshing floor and wine vat shall not feed them,
and gthe new wine shall fail them.
3 They shall not remain in hthe land of the Lord,
but iEphraim shall return to Egypt,
and jthey shall eat unclean food in Assyria.
4 kThey shall not pour drink offerings of wine to the Lord,
land their sacrifices shall not please him.
It shall be like mmourners' bread to them;
nit shall not come to the house of the Lord.
5 oWhat will you do on the day of the appointed festival,
but pEgypt shall gather them;
Nettles shall possess qtheir precious things of silver;
rthorns shall be in their tents.
7 sThe days of punishment have come;
tThe prophet is a fool;
8 The prophet is uthe watchman of Ephraim with my God;
yet va fowler's snare is on all his ways,
9 wThey have deeply corrupted themselves
as xin the days of Gibeah:
whe will remember their iniquity;
yI found Israel.
But zthey came to Baal-peor
and aconsecrated themselves to the thing of shame,
and bbecame detestable like the thing they loved.
11 Ephraim's cglory shall fly away like a bird—
dno birth, no pregnancy, no conception!
12 eEven if they bring up children,
fWoe to them
when gI depart from them!
Give them ia miscarrying womb
15 Every evil of theirs is in jGilgal;
mtheir root is dried up;
Even nthough they give birth,
eI will put their beloved children to death.
17 oMy God will reject them
pthey shall be wanderers among the nations.
2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 For cI rejoiced greatly when the brothers1 came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that dmy children are walking in the truth.
5 Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for ethese brothers, fstrangers as they are, 6 who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner gworthy of God. 7 For they have gone out for the sake of hthe name, iaccepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8 Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
9 I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. 10 So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.
11 Beloved, jdo not imitate evil but imitate good. kWhoever does good is from God; lwhoever does evil has not seen God. 12 Demetrius mhas received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also add our testimony, and nyou know that our testimony is true.
13 oI had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink. 14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.
15 Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends, peach by name.
126 When the Lord srestored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who tdream.
2 Then our umouth was filled with laughter,
v“The Lord has done great things for them.”
5 wThose who sow in tears
13 The poor man and the oppressor rmeet together;
the Lord sgives light to the eyes of both.
14 If a king tfaithfully judges the poor,
his throne will ube established forever.