Hosea 6:1-3

Israel Unrepentant

1 “Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.
2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.
3 Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

Images for Hosea 6:1-3

Hosea 6:1-3 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter gives an account of some who were truly penitent, and stirred up one another to return to the Lord, encouraged by his power, grace, and goodness, Ho 6:1-3; and of others, who had only a form of religion, were very unstable in it; regarded more the ceremonial law, and the external sacrifices of it, than the moral law; either that part of it which respects the love of the neighbour, or that which concerns the knowledge of God; and dealt treacherously with the Lord, transgressing the covenant, Ho 6:4-7; particularly the city of Gilead is represented as full of the workers of iniquity, and is charged with bloodshed, Ho 6:8; yea, even the priests were guilty of murder and lewdness, Ho 6:9; and Israel, or the ten tribes in general, are accused of whoredom, both corporeal and spiritual, with which they were defiled, Ho 6:10; nor was Judah clear of these crimes, and therefore a reckoning day is set for them, Ho 6:11.

Cross References 9

  • 1. S Isaiah 10:20; S Isaiah 19:22
  • 2. S Job 16:9; Lamentations 3:11; Hosea 5:14
  • 3. S Numbers 12:13; S Jeremiah 3:22
  • 4. S Deuteronomy 32:39; S Job 5:18; S Jeremiah 30:17; Hosea 14:4
  • 5. Psalms 30:5; S Psalms 80:18
  • 6. S Matthew 16:21
  • 7. S Psalms 71:20
  • 8. S Job 4:3; Joel 2:23
  • 9. Psalms 72:6; Hosea 11:10; Hosea 12:6
Scripture quoted by permission.  Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica.  All rights reserved worldwide.