Hosea 6

Israel and Judah Are Unrepentant

1 Come, let us a  return to the  Lord;
for b  he has torn us, that he may heal us;
he has struck us down, and c  he will bind us up.
2After two days d  he will revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him.
3 e  Let us know; f  let us press on to know the  Lord;
g  his going out is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us h  as the showers,
i  as the spring rains that water the earth.”
4 What shall I do with you, j  O k  Ephraim?
What shall I do with you, O l  Judah?
Your love is m  like a morning cloud,
n  like the dew that goes early away.
5Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets;
I have slain them o  by the words of my mouth,
and my judgment goes forth as the light.
6For p  I desire steadfast love
Septuagint mercy
and not sacrifice,
r  the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
7 But s  like Adam they t  transgressed the covenant;
u  there they dealt faithlessly with me.
8 v  Gilead is a city of evildoers,
w  tracked with blood.
9As robbers x  lie in wait for a man,
so the priests band together;
they murder on the way to y  Shechem;
they commit villainy.
10In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing;
z  Ephraim’s whoredom is there; aa  Israel is defiled.
11 For you also, O ab  Judah, ac  a harvest is appointed,
when ad  I restore the fortunes of my people.
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