Hosea 6

Israel and Judah Are Unrepentant

1 "Come, let us 1return to the LORD; for 2he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and 3he will bind us up.
2 After two days 4he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him.
3 5Let us know; 6let us press on to know the LORD; 7his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us 8as the showers, 9as the spring rains that water the earth."
4 What shall I do with you, 10O 11Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O 12Judah? Your love is 13like a morning cloud, 14like the dew that goes early away.
5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets; I have slain them 15by the words of my mouth, and my judgment goes forth as the light.
6 For 16I desire steadfast lovea and not sacrifice, 17the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
7 But 18like Adam they 19transgressed the covenant; 20there they dealt faithlessly with me.
8 21Gilead is a city of evildoers, 22tracked with blood.
9 As robbers 23lie in wait for a man, so the priests band together; they murder on the way to 24Shechem; they commit villainy.
10 In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing; 25Ephraim's whoredom is there; 26Israel is defiled.
11 For you also, O 27Judah, 28a harvest is appointed, when 29I restore the fortunes of my people.
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