12 Go, proclaim this message toward the north:l
‘I will frown on you no longer,
for I am faithful,’o declares the Lord,
‘I will not be angryp forever.
13 Only acknowledgeq your guilt—
you have rebelled against the Lord your God,
you have scattered your favors to foreign godsr
under every spreading tree,s
and have not obeyedt me,’ ”
declares the Lord.
14 “Return,u faithless people,” declares the Lord, “for I am your husband.v I will choose you—one from a town and two from a clan—and bring you to Zion. 15 Then I will give you shepherdsw after my own heart,x who will lead you with knowledge and understanding. 16 In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land,” declares the Lord, “people will no longer say, ‘The arky of the covenant of the Lord.’ It will never enter their minds or be remembered;z it will not be missed, nor will another one be made. 17 At that time they will call Jerusalem The Thronea of the Lord, and all nationsb will gather in Jerusalem to honorc the name of the Lord. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts.d 18 In those days the people of Judah will join the people of Israel,e and togetherf they will come from a northerng land to the landh I gave your ancestors as an inheritance.
“ ‘How gladly would I treat you like my children
and give you a pleasant land,i
the most beautiful inheritancej of any nation.’
I thought you would call me ‘Father’k
and not turn away from following me.
so you, Israel, have been unfaithfull to me,”
declares the Lord.
21 A cry is heard on the barren heights,m
the weepingn and pleading of the people of Israel,
because they have perverted their ways
and have forgotteno the Lord their God.
22 “Return,p faithless people;
“Yes, we will come to you,
for you are the Lord our God.
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