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A Call to Repentance

“Come, let us return to the Lord;
for he has torn, that he may heal us;
    he has stricken, and he will bind us up.
After two days he will revive us;
    on the third day he will raise us up,
    that we may live before him.
Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord;
    his going forth is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us as the showers,
    as the spring rains that water the earth.”

Impenitence of Israel and Judah

What shall I do with you, O E′phraim?
    What shall I do with you, O Judah?
Your love is like a morning cloud,
    like the dew that goes early away.
Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,
    I have slain them by the words of my mouth,
    and my judgment goes forth as the light.[a]
For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
    the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offerings.

But at[b] Adam they transgressed the covenant;
    there they dealt faithlessly with me.
Gilead is a city of evildoers,
    tracked with blood.
As robbers lie in wait[c] for a man,
    so the priests are banded together;[d]
they murder on the way to Shechem,
    yea, they commit villainy.
10 In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing;
    E′phraim’s harlotry is there, Israel is defiled.

11 For you also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed.

When I would restore the fortunes of my people,

Footnotes

  1. Hosea 6:5 Gk Syr: Heb thy judgment goes forth
  2. Hosea 6:7 Cn: Heb like
  3. Hosea 6:9 Cn: Heb uncertain
  4. Hosea 6:9 Syr: Heb a company

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