15 I will return again to My place
Till they [a]acknowledge their offense.
Then they will seek My face;
In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.”

A Call to Repentance

Come,(A) and let us return to the Lord;
For (B)He has torn, but (C)He will heal us;
He has stricken, but He will [b]bind us up.
(D)After two days He will revive us;
On the third day He will raise us up,
That we may live in His sight.
(E)Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.
His going forth is established (F)as the morning;
(G)He will come to us (H)like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth.

Impenitence of Israel and Judah

“O Ephraim, what shall I do to you?
O Judah, what shall I do to you?
For your faithfulness is like a morning cloud,
And like the early dew it goes away.
Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,
I have slain them by (I)the words of My mouth;
And [c]your judgments are like light that goes forth.
For I desire (J)mercy[d] and (K)not sacrifice,
And the (L)knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.


  1. Hosea 5:15 Lit. become guilty or bear punishment
  2. Hosea 6:1 Bandage
  3. Hosea 6:5 Or the judgments on you
  4. Hosea 6:6 Or faithfulness or loyalty

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