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ESV — Hosea 6

Israel and Judah Are Unrepentant

“Come, let us yreturn to the Lord;

for zhe has torn us, that he may heal us;

he has struck us down, and ahe will bind us up.

After two days bhe will revive us;

on the third day he will raise us up,

that we may live before him.

cLet us know; clet us press on to know the Lord;

dhis going out is sure as the dawn;

he will come to us eas the showers,

fas the spring rains that water the earth.”

What shall I do with you, gO hEphraim?

What shall I do with you, O hJudah?

Your love is ilike a morning cloud,

ilike the dew that goes early away.

Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets;

I have slain them jby the words of my mouth,

and my judgment goes forth as the light.

For kI desire steadfast love1 and not sacrifice,

lthe knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

But mlike Adam they ntransgressed the covenant;

othere they dealt faithlessly with me.

pGilead is a city of evildoers,

qtracked with blood.

As robbers rlie in wait for a man,

so the priests band together;

they murder on the way to sShechem;

they commit villainy.

10  In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing;

tEphraim's whoredom is there; uIsrael is defiled.

11  For you also, O uJudah, va harvest is appointed,

when wI restore the fortunes of my people.

Footnotes

[1] 6:6 Septuagint mercy