Hosea 6:4-11 (Holman Christian Standard)

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The Lord's First Lament

4 What am I going to do with you, Ephraim? What am I going to do with you, Judah? Your loyalty is like the morning mist and like the early dew that vanishes. 5 This is why I have used the prophets to cut them down;a I have killed them with the words of My mouth. My judgment strikes like lightning.b 6 For I desire loyalty and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.c 7 But they, like Adam,d have violated the covenant; there they have betrayed Me. 8 Gilead is a city of evildoers, tracked with bloody footprints. 9 Like robbers who wait in ambush for someone, a band of priests murders on the road to Shechem. They commit atrocities. 10 I have seen something horrible in the house of Israel: Ephraim's promiscuity is there; Israel is defiled. 11 A harvest is also appointed for you, Judah. When Ie return My people from captivity,
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