Hosea 6

CHAPTER 6

Judah and Israel Violate the Covenant

In their affliction they will rise early to me, saying, We should go and return to the  lord our God, for he snatched us away, and he will heal us. He shall strike, and he shall dress our wounds. He will heal us after two days, on the [2day 1third] we shall rise up, and we shall live before him. And we shall know, and shall pursue to know the  lord. As dawn readied, we shall find him; and he shall come to us as rain early and late to the earth. What shall I do to you, O Ephraim? What shall I do to you, O Judah? For your mercy is as [2cloud 1an early morning], and as [2dew 1early morning] going away. On account of this I mowed you by the prophets; I killed them by the discourse of my mouth; and your judgment as light shall go forth. For mercy I want, and not sacrifice; and full knowledge of God rather than whole burnt-offerings. But they are as a man violating covenant. There they showed disdain of me. Gilead is a city working vanities, disturbing water. And your strength is as a man who is a maruader. [2hid 1The priests]; [2in the way 1they murdered] of Shechem; for [2lawlessness 1they committed] in the house of Israel. 10 I beheld a cause for shuddering there, even the harlotry of Ephraim; [4are defiled 1Israel 2and 3Judah]. 11 Begin to gather the vintage for yourself in my returning the captivity of my people!
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