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They have forgotten the Lord their God.
22Return, ye backsliding children,
I will heal your backslidings.—
'Here we are, we are come unto Thee;
For Thou art the Lord our God.
23Truly vain have proved the hills,
The uproar on the mountains;
Truly in the Lord our God
Is the salvation of Israel.
24But the shameful thing hath devoured
The labour of our fathers from our youth;
Their flocks and their herds,
Their sons and their daughters.
25Let us lie down in our shame,
And let our confusion cover us;
For we have sinned against the Lord our God,
We and our fathers,
From our youth even unto this day;
And we have not hearkened
To the voice of the Lord our God.'
4If thou wilt return, O Israel,
Saith the Lord,
Yea, return unto Me;
And if thou wilt put away thy detestable things out of My sight,
And wilt not waver;
2And wilt swear: 'As the Lord liveth'
In truth, in justice, and in righteousness;
Then shall the nations bless themselves by Him,
And in Him shall they glory.
3For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem:
Break up for you a fallow ground,
And sow not among thorns.
4Circumcise yourselves to the Lord,
And take away the foreskins of your heart,
Ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem;
Lest My fury go forth like fire,
And burn that none can quench it,
Because of the evil of your doings.
5Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem,
And say: 'Blow ye the horn in the land';
Cry aloud and say:
'Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the fortified cities.'
6Set up a standard toward Zion;
Put yourselves under covert, stay not;
For I will bring evil from the north,
And a great destruction.
7A lion is gone up from his thicket,
And a destroyer of nations
Is set out, gone forth from his place;
To make thy land desolate,
That thy cities be laid waste, without inhabitant.
8For this gird you with sackcloth,
Lament and wail;
For the fierce anger of the Lord
Is not turned back from us.
9And it shall come to pass at that day,
Saith the Lord,
That the heart of the king shall fail,
And the heart of the princes;
And the priests shall be astonished,
And the prophets shall wonder.

10Then said I: 'Ah, Lord God! surely Thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying: Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul.'