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Hosea 6

The Unrepentance of Israel and Judah

1 Come, let us return to the LORD.

For He has torn us to pieces,

but He will heal us;

He has wounded us,

but He will bind up our wounds.

2 After two days He will revive us;

on the third day He will raise us up,

that we may live in His presence.

3 So let us know—

let us press on to know the LORD.

As surely as the sun rises,

He will appear;

He will come to us like the rain,

like the spring showers that water the earth.

4 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim a?

What shall I do with you, O Judah?

For your loyalty is like a morning mist,

like the early dew that vanishes.

5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets;

I have slain them by the words of My mouth,

and My judgments go forth like lightning.

6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, b 

and the knowledge of God

rather than burnt offerings.

7 But they, like Adam, have transgressed c the covenant;

there they were unfaithful to Me.

8 Gilead is a city of evildoers,

tracked with footprints of blood.

9 Like raiders who lie in ambush,

so does a band of priests;

they murder on the way to Shechem;

surely they have committed atrocities.

10 In the house of Israel

I have seen a horrible thing:

Ephraim practices prostitution there,

and Israel is defiled.

11 Also for you, O Judah,

a harvest is appointed,

when I restore

My people from captivity. d 



4 a That is, the northern kingdom of Israel; also in verse 10
6 b Cited in Matthew 9:13 and Matthew 12:7
7 c Or As at Adam, they have transgressed
11 d Or restore the fortunes of My people

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