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A Call to Repentance

6 Come, let us return to the Lord. r

For He has torn us, s

and He will heal us; t

He has wounded us,

and He will bind up our wounds. u

He will revive us after two days, v

and on the third day He will raise us up

so we can live in His presence. w

Let us strive to know the Lord. x

His appearance is as sure as the dawn. y

He will come to us like the rain, z

like the spring showers that water the land.

The Lord’s First Lament

What am I going to do with you, Ephraim? a

What am I going to do with you, Judah?

Your loyalty is like the morning mist b

and like the early dew that vanishes.

This is why I have used the prophets

to cut them down; c d

I have killed them with the words of My mouth.

My judgment strikes like lightning. e

For I desire loyalty and not sacrifice,

the knowledge of God f rather than * burnt offerings. g

But they, like Adam, h have violated the covenant; i

there they have betrayed Me. j

Gilead is a city of evildoers, k

tracked with bloody footprints. l

Like raiders who wait in ambush for someone, m

a band of priests murders on the road to Shechem. n

They commit atrocities. o

10 I have seen something horrible p in the house of Israel:

Ephraim’s promiscuity is there; q Israel is defiled.

11 A harvest is also appointed for you, Judah. r

When I s return My people from captivity, t


About The Holman Christian Standard Bible

The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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