3:1 “If a man divorces his wife
and she leaves him and becomes another man’s wife,
he may not take her back again.1
Doing that would utterly defile the land.2
But you, Israel, have given yourself as a prostitute to many gods.3
So what makes you think you can return to me?”4
3:2 “Look up at the hilltops and consider this.5
You have had sex with other gods on every one of them.6
You waited for those gods like a thief lying in wait in the desert.7
You defiled the land by your wicked prostitution to other gods.8
3:3 That is why the rains have been withheld,
and the spring rains have not come.
Yet in spite of this you are obstinate as a prostitute.9
You refuse to be ashamed of what you have done.
3:4 Even now you say to me, ‘You are my father!10
You have been my faithful companion ever since I was young.
3:5 You will not always be angry with me, will you?
You will not be mad at me forever, will you?’11
That is what you say,
but you continually do all the evil that you can.”12
3:6 When Josiah was king of Judah, the
The Lord Calls on Israel and Judah to Repent
3:12 “Go and shout this message to my people in the countries in the north.26 Tell them,
‘Come back to me, wayward Israel,’ says the
‘I will not continue to look on you with displeasure.27
For I am merciful,’ says the
‘I will not be angry with you forever.
3:13 However, you must confess that you have done wrong,28
and that you have rebelled against the
You must confess29 that you have given yourself to30 foreign gods under every green tree,
and have not obeyed my commands,’ says the
3:14 “Come back to me, my wayward sons,” says the
3:19 “I thought to myself,45
‘Oh what a joy it would be for me to treat you like a son!46
What a joy it would be for me to give47 you a pleasant land,
the most beautiful piece of property there is in all the world!’48
I thought you would call me, ‘Father’49
and would never cease being loyal to me.50
3:20 But, you have been unfaithful to me, nation of Israel,51
like an unfaithful wife who has left her husband,”52
3:21 “A noise is heard on the hilltops.
It is the sound of the people of Israel crying and pleading to their gods.
Indeed they have followed sinful ways;53
they have forgotten to be true to the
3:22 Come back to me, you wayward people.
I want to cure your waywardness.55
Say,56 ‘Here we are. We come to you
because you are the
3:23 We know our noisy worship of false gods
on the hills and mountains did not help us.57
We know that the
is the only one who can deliver Israel.58
3:24 From earliest times our worship of that shameful god, Baal,
has taken away59 all that our ancestors60 worked for.
It has taken away our flocks and our herds,
and even our sons and daughters.
3:25 Let us acknowledge61 our shame.
Let us bear the disgrace that we deserve.62
For we have sinned against the
both we and our ancestors.
From earliest times to this very day
we have not obeyed the