‘Come back to me, wayward Israel,’ says the Lord.
‘I will not continue to look on you with displeasure. 2
For I am merciful,’ says the Lord.
‘I will not be angry with you forever.
3:14 “Come back to me, my wayward sons,” says the Lord, “for I am your true master. 3 If you do, 4 I will take one of you from each town and two of you from each family group, and I will bring you back to Zion.
3:22 Come back to me, you wayward people.
I want to cure your waywardness. 5
Say, 6 ‘Here we are. We come to you
because you are the Lord our God.
1 tn Heb “Go and proclaim these words to the north.” The translation assumes that the message is directed toward the exiles of northern Israel who have been scattered in the provinces of Assyria to the north.
2 tn Heb “I will not cause my face to fall on you.”
3 tn Or “I am your true husband.”
sn There is a wordplay between the term “true master” and the name of the pagan god Baal. The pronoun “I” is emphatic, creating a contrast between the
4 tn The words, “If you do” are not in the text but are implicit in the connection of the Hebrew verb with the preceding.
6 tn Or “They say.” There is an obvious ellipsis of a verb of saying here since the preceding words are those of the