Hosea 6

The Response to God’s Rebuke

1 a  Come, let us return to the  Lord.
For b  He has torn us, but c  He will heal us;
He has
Lit struck
wounded us, but He will e  bandage us.
2“He will f  revive us after two days;
He will g  raise us up on the third day,
That we may live before Him.
3“So let us h  know, let us press on to know the  Lord.
His i  going forth is as certain as the dawn;
And He will come to us like the j  rain,
Like the spring rain watering the earth.”

4What shall I do with you, O k  Ephraim?
What shall I do with you, O Judah?
For your
Or lovingkindness
loyalty is like a m  morning cloud
And like the dew which goes away early.
5Therefore I have n  hewn them in pieces by the prophets;
I have slain them by the o  words of My mouth;
And the judgments on you are like the light that goes forth.
6For p  I delight in loyalty q  rather than sacrifice,
And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
7But r  like
Or men
Adam they have t  transgressed the covenant;
There they have u  dealt treacherously against Me.
8 v  Gilead is a city of wrongdoers,
Tracked with w  bloody footprints.
9And as x  raiders wait for a man,
So a band of priests y  murder on the way to Shechem;
Surely they have committed
Or lewdness
aa  crime.
10In the house of Israel I have seen a ab  horrible thing;
Ephraim’s ac  harlotry is there, Israel has defiled itself.
11Also, O Judah, there is a ad  harvest appointed for you,
When I ae  restore the fortunes of My people.

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