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Hosea: Chapter 6

Their resolution to return to God, 1-3. The instability of many of them, 4, 5. God's covenant with them, and their violation of it, 6-11.

1 "Come, and let us return to the LORD. For he has torn and he will heal us. He has smitten and he will bind us up.

2 After two days he will revive us. On the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

3 Then we shall know, if we follow on to know the LORD. His going forth is prepared as the morning, and he will come to us as the rain, as the latter and former rain to the earth."

4 "O Ephraim, what shall I do to you? O Judah, what shall I do to you? For your goodness is as the morning cloud, and as the early dew it goes away.

5 Therefore, I have hewed them by the prophets. I have slain them by the words of my mouth. And your judgments are as the light that goes forth.

6 For I desired mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings.

7 But they, like Adam, have transgressed the covenant. There they have dealt treacherously against me.

8 Gilead is a city of those who work iniquity and is polluted with blood.

9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent, for they commit lewdness.

10 I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel. There is the prostitution of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.

11 Also, O Judah, he has set a harvest for you, when I returned the captivity of my people."