3:7 Yet even after she had done all that, I thought that she might come back to me. 1 But she did not. Her sister, unfaithful Judah, saw what she did. 2 3:8 She also saw 3 that I gave wayward Israel her divorce papers and sent her away because of her adulterous worship of other gods. 4 Even after her unfaithful sister Judah had seen this, 5 she still was not afraid, and she too went and gave herself like a prostitute to other gods. 6 3:9 Because she took her prostitution so lightly, she defiled the land 7 through her adulterous worship of gods made of wood and stone. 8 3:10 In spite of all this, 9 Israel’s sister, unfaithful Judah, has not turned back to me with any sincerity; she has only pretended to do so,” 10 says the Lord. 3:11 Then the Lord said to me, “Under the circumstances, wayward Israel could even be considered less guilty than unfaithful Judah. 11
The Lord Calls on Israel and Judah to Repent
3:12 “Go and shout this message to my people in the countries in the north. 12 Tell them,
‘Come back to me, wayward Israel,’ says the Lord.
‘I will not continue to look on you with displeasure. 13
For I am merciful,’ says the Lord.
‘I will not be angry with you forever.
3:13 However, you must confess that you have done wrong, 14
and that you have rebelled against the Lord your God.
You must confess 15 that you have given yourself to 16 foreign gods under every green tree,
and have not obeyed my commands,’ says the Lord.