"Return, O faithless children," declares the LORD, "for I am your master, and I will take you--one from a city and two from a family--and bring you to Zion.
Cross ReferencesIsaiah 31:6
Return to Him against whom you have so blatantly rebelled, O children of Israel.
For your husband is your Maker--the LORD of Hosts is His name--the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; He is called the God of all the earth.
I was enraged by his sinful greed, so I struck him and hid My face in anger; yet he kept turning back to the desires of his heart.
Go, proclaim this message toward the north: 'Return, O faithless Israel,' declares the LORD. 'I will no longer look on you with anger, for I am merciful,' declares the LORD. 'I will not be angry forever.
I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore you from captivity and gather you from all the nations and places to which I have banished you, declares the LORD. I will restore you to the place from which I sent you into exile."
For there will be a day when watchmen will call out on the hills of Ephraim, 'Arise, let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God!'"
They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will be radiant in the bounty of the LORD--the grain, the new wine, the fresh oil, and the young of the flocks and herds. Their life will be like a well-watered garden, and never again will they languish.
It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt--a covenant they broke, though I was a husband to them," declares the LORD.
So I will betroth you to Me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in loving devotion and compassion.
Then I will return to My place until they admit their guilt and seek My face; in their affliction they will earnestly seek Me."
Chapter Outline1. God's great mercy to Judah the polluted land
6. Judah is worse than Israel
12. The promises of the gospel to the penitent
20. Israel reproved, and called by God, makes a solemn confession of their sins
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for I am married
Jeremiah 3:1, 8
Hosea 2:19, 20
one of a city
Isaiah 11:11, 12
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