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And she goes from him
And belongs to another man,
Will he still return to her?
Will not that land be completely 2polluted?
Yet you cturn to Me,” declares the Lord.
2 “Lift up your eyes to the abare heights and see;
Where have you not been violated?
By the roads you have bsat for them
Like an Arab in the desert,
And you have cpolluted a land
With your harlotry and with your wickedness.
3 “Therefore the ashowers have been withheld,
And there has been no spring rain.
Yet you had a bharlot’s forehead;
You refused to be ashamed.
5 ‘aWill He be angry forever?
Will He 1be indignant to the end?’
Behold, you have spoken
And have done evil things,
And you have 2had your way.”
6 Then the Lord said to me in the days of Josiah the king, “Have you seen what faithless Israel did? She awent up on every high hill and under every green tree, and she was a harlot there.
10 “Yet in spite of all this her treacherous sister Judah did not return to Me with all her heart, but rather in adeception,” declares the Lord.
11 And the Lord said to me, “aFaithless Israel has proved herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.
‘aReturn, faithless Israel,’ declares the Lord;
For I am cgracious,’ declares the Lord;
‘I will not be angry forever.
That you have transgressed against the Lord your God
And you have not obeyed My voice,’ declares the Lord.
‘For I am a amaster to you,
And I will take you one from a city and two from a family,
And bI will bring you to Zion.’
16 “It shall be in those days when you are multiplied and increased in the land,” declares the Lord, “they will ano longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ And it will not come to mind, nor will they remember it, nor will they miss it, nor will it be made again.
17 “At that time they will call Jerusalem ‘The aThrone of the Lord,’ and ball the nations will be gathered to it, to Jerusalem, for the cname of the Lord; nor will they dwalk anymore after the stubbornness of their evil heart.
‘How I would set you among 1My sons
And give you a pleasant land,
The most abeautiful inheritance of the nations!’
And I said, ‘You shall call Me, bMy Father,
And not turn away from following Me.’
20 “Surely, as a woman treacherously departs from her 1lover,
So you have adealt treacherously with Me,
O house of Israel,” declares the Lord.
21 A voice is heard on the abare heights,
The weeping and the supplications of the sons of Israel;
Because they have perverted their way,
They have bforgotten the Lord their God.
aI will heal your faithlessness.”
“Behold, we come to You;
For You are the Lord our God.
23 “Surely, athe hills are a deception,
A tumult on the mountains.
Surely in the bLord our God
Is the salvation of Israel.
24 “But athe shameful thing has consumed the labor of our fathers since our youth, their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters.
25 “Let us lie down in our ashame, and let our humiliation cover us; for we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, bfrom our youth even to this day. And we have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.”
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