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6 Come, let us return to Yahweh;
because it is he who has torn, and he will heal us;
he has struck us down and will bind us up.
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live in his presence.a
his rising is sure like the dawn.
He will come like the showers to us,
like the spring rain that waters the earth.
What will I do with you, O Judah?
Your love is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that goes away early in the morning.
I have killed them by the words of my mouth,
and my judgmentb goes forth like the light.
and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
there they dealt faithlessly with me.
a cunning city because of blood.c
so is a band of priests;
they murder on the road to Shechem;
indeed, they commit a monstrous crime.
Ephraim’s unfaithfulness is there.
Israel is defiled.
11 For you also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed,
when I restore the fortunes of my people,
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