Hosea 6:1-6New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
Israel Refuses to Turn Away From Their Sins
6 The people say, “Come. Let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces. But he will heal us. He has wounded us. But he’ll bandage our wounds. 2 After two days he will give us new life. On the third day he’ll make us like new again. Then we will enjoy his blessing. 3 Let’s recognize him as the Lord. Let’s keep trying to know him. You can be sure the sun will rise. And you can be just as sure the Lord will appear. He will come to renew us like the winter rains. He will be like the spring rains that water the earth.”
4 The Lord says, “Ephraim, what can I do with you? And what can I do with you, Judah? Your love for me vanishes like the morning mist. It soon disappears like the early dew. 5 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. 6 I want mercy and not sacrifice. I want you to recognize me as God instead of bringing me burnt offerings.
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