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Hosea 6:5-7 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

So I used the words of my prophets to cut you in pieces.
    I used my words to put you to death.
    Then my judgments blazed out like the sun.
I want mercy and not sacrifice.
    I want you to recognize me as God
    instead of bringing me burnt offerings.
Just as at the city of Adam, they disobeyed me,
    they have broken the covenant I made with them.
    They were not faithful to me there.

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Hosea 6:5-7 New International Version (NIV)

Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets,
    I killed you with the words of my mouth
    then my judgments go forth like the sun.[a]
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
    and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
As at Adam,[b] they have broken the covenant;
    they were unfaithful to me there.


  1. Hosea 6:5 The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.
  2. Hosea 6:7 Or Like Adam; or Like human beings
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