and she goes from him and becomes another man’s,
can he ever return to her again?
Would not that land be greatly polluted?’
But you have prostituted yourself with many lovers,
and yet think to return to me,
‘My Father, you are the friend of my youth!
6Moreover, Yahweh said to me in the days of Josiah the king, “Have you seen what she did, that unfaithful one, Israel? She has gone up on every high hill and under every green tree, and has prostituted herself there.
7I said after she had done all these things, ‘She will return to me,’ but she did not return, and her treacherous sister Judah saw it.
8She saw that for all the adulteries of that unfaithful one, Israel, I had sent her away and given her a bill of divorce. Yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but she also went and prostituted herself.
9It came to pass because she took her prostitution lightly, that the land was polluted, and she committed adultery with stones and with trees.
10Yet for all this her treacherous sister, Judah, has not returned to me with her whole heart, but only in pretense,” says Yahweh.
11Yahweh said to me, “Unfaithful Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah..
12Go and proclaim these words toward the north and say,
14Return, you unfaithful children, says Yahweh, for I am your husband.a I will take you—one of a city and two of a family—and I will bring you to Zion.
15I will give you shepherds who are after my heart, who will shepherd you with knowledge and understanding.
16When you have multiplied and increased in the land in those days, says Yahweh, they will no longer say, “The ark of the covenant of Yahweh!” Indeed, it will not come to mind, nor will they remember it, nor miss it. It will not be made again.
17At that time they will call Jerusalem, “The throne of Yahweh,” and all the nations will be gathered to it, to the name of Yahweh, to Jerusalem. And they will walk no longer after the stubbornness of their own evil heart.
18In those days the house of Judah will walk with the house of Israel, and they will come together out of the land of the north to the land that I gave for an inheritance to your fathers.
and give you a pleasant land,
the most beautiful inheritance of any army of nations!
And I said: You will call me “My Father,”
and will not turn away from following me.
so you have dealt treacherously with me, house of Israel,
the weeping and the petitions of the children of Israel
because they have perverted their way,
they have forgotten Yahweh their God.
I will heal your unfaithfulness.”
“Behold, we have come to you,
for you are Yahweh our God.”
and let our disgrace cover us,
for we have sinned against Yahweh our God,
we and our fathers,
from our youth even to this day.
We have not obeyed the voice of Yahweh our God.”