But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.
“[ God’s Love for Israel ] “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.”
I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.
“I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.”
“For they have gone up to Assyria like a wild donkey wandering alone. Ephraim has sold herself to lovers.”
“Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.”
“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.””
“Even when their drinks are gone, they continue their prostitution; their rulers dearly love shameful ways.”
“I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’ I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God.’”
“So now I will expose her lewdness before the eyes of her lovers; no one will take her out of my hands.”