Hosea 6 (New American Standard)

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The Response to God's Rebuke

1 "1Come, let us return to the LORD. For 2He has torn us, but 3He will heal us; He has awounded us, but He will 4bandage us. 2 "He will 5revive us after two days ; He will 6raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him. 3 "So let us 7know, let us press on to know the LORD. His 8going forth is as certain as the dawn ; And He will come to us like the 9rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth." 4 What shall I do with you, O 10Ephraim ? What shall I do with you, O Judah ? For your bloyalty is like a 11morning cloud And like the dew which goes away early. 5 Therefore I have 12hewn them in pieces by the prophets ; I have slain them by the 13words of My mouth ; And the judgments on you are like the light that goes forth. 6 For 14I delight in loyalty 15rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. 7 But 16like cAdam they have 17transgressed the covenant ; There they have 18dealt treacherously against Me. 8 19Gilead is a city of wrongdoers, Tracked with 20bloody footprints. 9 And as 21raiders wait for a man, So a band of priests 22murder on the way to Shechem ; Surely they have committed d23crime. 10 In the house of Israel I have seen a 24horrible thing ; Ephraim's 25harlotry is there, Israel has defiled itself. 11 Also, O Judah, there is a 26harvest appointed for you, When I 27restore the fortunes of My people.
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