1. Come, let us return to Yahweh. He who shattered us to pieces, will heal us as well; he has struck us down, but he will bind up our wounds.

2. Two days later he will bring us back to life; on the third day, he will raise us up, and we shall live in his presence.

3. Let us strive to know Yahweh. His coming is as certain as the dawn;

4. O Ephraim, what shall I do with you? O Judah, how shall I deal with you? This love of yours is like morning mist, like morning dew that quickly disappears.

5. c his judgment will burst forth like the light; he will come to us as showers come, like spring rain that waters the earth.

5. This is why I smote you through the prophets, and have slain you by the words of my mouth.

6. For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice; it is knowledge of God, not burnt offerings.

7. At Adam they broke my covenant; there they were unfaithful to me.

8. Gilead is a city of evildoers, stained with footprints of blood.

9. Like thieves in an ambush, so are the priests; they murder on the road to Shechem and commit adultery.

10. In Bethel I saw their disgraceful conduct; that is where Ephraim played the harlot and was defiled.

11. (For you, too, Judah, I have a harvest stored when I bring back my captive people and heal Israel.)

“Se precisamos ter paciência para suportar os defeitos dos outros, quanto mais ainda precisamos para tolerar nossos próprios defeitos!” São Padre Pio de Pietrelcina