12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north and say,

(A)Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the Lord;
(B)I will not [a]look upon you in anger.
For I am (C)gracious,’ declares the Lord;
‘I will not be angry forever.
13 ‘Only [b](D)acknowledge your iniquity,
That you have transgressed against the Lord your God
And have (E)scattered your [c]favors to the strangers (F)under every green tree,
And you have not obeyed My voice,’ declares the Lord.
14 ‘Return, O faithless sons,’ declares the Lord;
‘For I am a (G)master to you,
And I will take you one from a city and two from a family,
And (H)I will bring you to Zion.’

15 “Then I will give you (I)shepherds after My own heart, who will (J)feed you on knowledge and understanding.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 3:12 Lit cause My countenance to fall
  2. Jeremiah 3:13 Lit know
  3. Jeremiah 3:13 Lit ways

20 We (A)know our wickedness, O Lord,
The iniquity of our fathers, for (B)we have sinned against You.

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15 I will go away and return to My place
Until they [a](A)acknowledge their guilt and seek My face;
In their affliction they will earnestly (B)seek Me.

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 5:15 Or bear their punishment

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