Affliction shall be a means to bring many to Christ, a complaint of the untowardness of the Jews. God loves mercy more than sacrifice.
1 In their affliction they will rise early to me: Come, and let us return to the Lord:
In tribulatione sua mane consurgent ad me : Venite, et revertamur ad Dominum,
2 For he hath taken us, and he will heal us: he will strike, and he will cure us.
quia ipse cepit, et sanabit nos; percutiet, et curabit nos.
3 He will revive us after two days: on the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. We shall know, and we shall follow on, that we may know the Lord. His going forth is prepared as the morning light, and he will come to us as the early and the latter rain to the earth.
Vivificabit nos post duos dies; in die tertia suscitabit nos, et vivemus in conspectu ejus. Sciemus, sequemurque ut cognoscamus Dominum : quasi diluculum praeparatus est egressus ejus, et veniet quasi imber nobis temporaneus et serotinus terrae.
4 What shall I do to thee, O Ephraim? what shall I do to thee, O Juda? your mercy is as a morning cloud, and as the dew that goeth away in the morning.
Quid faciam tibi, Ephraim? quid faciam tibi, Juda? misericordia vestra quasi nubes matutina, et quasi ros mane pertransiens.
5 For this reason have I hewed them by the prophets, I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments shall go forth as the light.
Propter hoc dolavi in prophetis; occidi eos in verbis oris mei : et judicia tua quasi lux egredientur.
6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice: and the knowledge of God more than holocausts.
Quia misericordiam volui, et non sacrificium; et scientiam Dei plus quam holocausta.
7 But they, like Adam, have transgressed the covenant, there have they dealt treacherously against me.
Ipsi autem sicut Adam transgressi sunt pactum : ibi praevaricati sunt in me.
8 Galaad is a city of workers of idols, supplanted with blood.
Galaad civitas operantium idolum, supplantata sanguine.
9 And like the jaws of highway robbers, they conspire with the priests who murder in the way those that pass out of Sichem: for they have wrought wickedness.
Et quasi fauces virorum latronum, particeps sacerdotum, in via interficientium pergentes de Sichem : quia scelus operati sunt.
10 I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel: the fornications of Ephraim there: Israel is defiled.
In domo Israel vidi horrendum : ibi fornicationes Ephraim, contaminatus est Israel.
11 And thou also, O Juda, set thee a harvest, when I shall bring back the captivity of my people.
Sed et Juda, pone messem tibi, cum convertero captivitatem populi mei.