1 “Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces;
now he will heal us.
He has injured us;
now he will bandage our wounds.
so that we may live in his presence.
Let us press on to know him.
He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn
or the coming of rains in early spring.”
4 “O Israel* and Judah,
what should I do with you?” asks the Lord.
“For your love vanishes like the morning mist
and disappears like dew in the sunlight.
to slaughter you with my words,
with judgments as inescapable as light.
6 I want you to show love,*
not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know me*
more than I want burnt offerings.
7 But like Adam,* you broke my covenant
and betrayed my trust.
tracked with footprints of blood.
waiting in ambush for their victims.
They murder travelers along the road to Shechem
and practice every kind of sin.
My people are defiled by prostituting themselves with other gods!
though I wanted to restore the fortunes of my people.
6:4 Hebrew Ephraim, referring to the northern kingdom of Israel.
6:6b Hebrew to know God.
6:7 Or But at Adam.