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Come, and let us return unto Jehovah; for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: on the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live before him. And let us know, let us follow on to know Jehovah: his going forth is sure as the morning; and he will come unto us as the rain, as the latter rain that watereth the earth.

O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your [a]goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the dew that goeth early away. Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and [b]thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth. For I desire [c]goodness, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings. But they [d]like [e]Adam have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me. Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity; it is stained with blood. [f]And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way toward Shechem; yea, they have committed lewdness. 10 In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing: there whoredom is found in Ephraim, Israel is defiled. 11 Also, O Judah, there is a harvest appointed for thee, when I [g]bring back the captivity of my people.


  1. Hosea 6:4 Or, kindness
  2. Hosea 6:5 Or, according to another reading, my
  3. Hosea 6:6 Or, kindness
  4. Hosea 6:7 Or, are as men that have transgressed a covenant
  5. Hosea 6:7 Or, men
  6. Hosea 6:9 Or, And as robbers lying in wait, so etc.
  7. Hosea 6:11 Or, return to