Therefore have I [a]cut down by the Prophets: I have slain them by the words of my mouth, and thy [b]judgments were as the light that goeth forth.

For I desired [c]mercy, and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

But they [d]like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they trespassed against me.

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 6:5 I have still labored by my prophets, and as it were framed you to bring you to amendment, but all was in vain: for my word was not food to feed them, but a sword to slay them.
  2. Hosea 6:5 My doctrine which I taught thee, was most evident.
  3. Hosea 6:6 He showeth to what scope his doctrine tended, that they should join the obedience of God, and the love of their neighbor with outward sacrifices.
  4. Hosea 6:7 That is, like light and weak persons.