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.”
xto me you should return.
yand do not waver,
2 zand if you swear, ‘As the Lord lives,’
then anations shall bless themselves in him,
band in him shall they glory.”
c“Break up your fallow ground,
and dsow not among thorns.
4 eCircumcise yourselves to the Lord;
flest my wrath go forth like fire,
gbecause of the evil of your deeds.”
h“Blow the trumpet through the land;
i‘Assemble, and let us go
6 jRaise a standard toward Zion,
for I bring disaster from kthe north,
land great destruction.
7 mA lion has gone up from his thicket,
8 For this oput on sackcloth,
for pthe fierce anger of the Lord
9 “In that day, declares the Lord, qcourage shall fail both king and officials. The priests shall be appalled and the prophets astounded.” 10 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God, rsurely you have utterly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, ‘It shall be well with you,’ whereas the sword has reached their very life.”
11 At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, “A hot wind from sthe bare heights in the desert toward the daughter of my people, not to winnow or cleanse, 12 a wind too full for this comes for me. Now it is I who tspeak in judgment upon them.”
uhis chariots like the whirlwind;
his horses are vswifter than eagles—
woe to us, wfor we are ruined!
14 O Jerusalem, xwash your heart from evil,
15 For a voice ydeclares from Dan
and proclaims trouble from zMount Ephraim.
“Besiegers come afrom a distant land;
17 Like keepers of a field bare they against her all around,
This is your doom, and cit is bitter;
19 dMy anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain!
20 eCrash follows hard on crash;
fSuddenly my tents are laid waste,
22 “For gmy people are foolish;
hThey are ‘wise’—in doing evil!
23 I looked on the earth, and behold, it was iwithout form and void;
jand to the heavens, and they had no light.
24 I looked on kthe mountains, and behold, they were quaking,
25 lI looked, and behold, there was no man,
26 I looked, and behold, the mfruitful land was a desert,
before the Lord, before nhis fierce anger.
27 For thus says the Lord, “The whole land shall be a desolation; oyet I will not make a full end.
28 p“For this the earth shall mourn,
qand the heavens above be dark;
rI have not relented, nor will I turn back.”
and sno man dwells in them.
tthat you adorn yourself with ornaments of gold,
uthat you enlarge your eyes with paint?
vYour lovers despise you;
31 For I heard wa cry as of a woman in labor,
xstretching out her hands,
3 Finally, brothers,1 jpray for us, that kthe word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored,2 as happened among you, 2 and lthat we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For mnot all have faith. 3 But nthe Lord is faithful. He will establish you and oguard you against pthe evil one.3 4 And qwe have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. 5 May the Lord rdirect your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
6 Now we command you, brothers, sin the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, tthat you keep away from any ubrother vwho is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know whow you ought to imitate us, because xwe were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but ywith toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. 9 It was znot because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves aan example to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: bIf anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you cwalk in idleness, not busy at work, but dbusybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.4
13 As for you, brothers, edo not grow weary in doing good. 14 If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and fhave nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 gDo not regard him as an enemy, but hwarn him as a brother.