1 Come, let us return to the Lord ♦
who has torn us and will heal us.
2 God has stricken us ♦
and will bind up our wounds.
3 After two days, he will revive us, ♦
and on the third day will raise us up,
that we may live in his presence.
4 Let us strive to know the Lord; ♦
his appearing is as sure as the sunrise.
5 He will come to us like the showers, ♦
like the spring rains that water the earth.
6 ‘O Ephraim, how shall I deal with you? ♦
How shall I deal with you, O Judah?
7 ‘Your love for me is like the morning mist, ♦
like the dew that goes early away.
8 ‘Therefore, I have hewn them by the prophets, ♦
and my judgement goes forth as the light.
9 ‘For loyalty is my desire and not sacrifice, ♦
and the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.’
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.