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Hosea 6Contemporary English Version (CEV)

The Lord’s People Speak

Let’s return to the Lord.
    He has torn us to shreds,
but he will bandage our wounds
    and make us well.
In two or three days
    he will heal us
and restore our strength
    that we may live with him.
Let’s do our best
    to know the Lord.
His coming is as certain
    as the morning sun;
he will refresh us like rain
renewing the earth
    in the springtime.

The Lord Speaks to Israel and Judah

People of Israel and Judah,
    what can I do with you?
Your love for me disappears
more quickly
than mist
    or dew at sunrise.
That’s why I slaughtered you
with the words
    of my prophets.
That’s why my judgments blazed
    like the dawning sun.[a]
I’d rather for you to be faithful
and to know me
    than to offer sacrifices.

At a place named Adam,
you[b] betrayed me
    by breaking our agreement.
Everyone in Gilead is evil;
your hands are stained
    with the blood of victims.[c]
You priests are like a gang
    of robbers in ambush.[d]
On the road to Shechem[e]
you murder
and commit
    other horrible crimes.
10 I have seen a terrible thing
    in Israel—
you are unfaithful
    and unfit to worship me.
11 People of Judah,
    your time is coming too.

The Lord Wants To Help Israel

I, the Lord, would like to make
my nation prosper again

Footnotes:

  1. 6.5 That’s why my. . . sun: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  2. 6.7 At. . . you: Or “Like Adam, you” or “Each one of you.”
  3. 6.8 your hands. . . victims: This may refer to child sacrifice.
  4. 6.9 You. . . ambush: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  5. 6.9 Shechem: This was one of the towns where people could run for safety, if they had accidentally killed someone (see Joshua 20.1-9).

Hosea 6New International Version (NIV)

Israel Unrepentant

“Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces
    but he will heal us;
he has injured us
    but he will bind up our wounds.
After two days he will revive us;
    on the third day he will restore us,
    that we may live in his presence.
Let us acknowledge the Lord;
    let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
    he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
    like the spring rains that water the earth.

“What can I do with you, Ephraim?
    What can I do with you, Judah?
Your love is like the morning mist,
    like the early dew that disappears.
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.
Gilead is a city of evildoers,
    stained with footprints of blood.
As marauders lie in ambush for a victim,
    so do bands of priests;
they murder on the road to Shechem,
    carrying out their wicked schemes.
10 I have seen a horrible thing in Israel:
    There Ephraim is given to prostitution,
    Israel is defiled.

11 “Also for you, Judah,
    a harvest is appointed.

“Whenever I would restore the fortunes of my people,

Footnotes:

  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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