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Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets.
    I have killed them by the words of My mouth,
    and My[a] judgments go forth like light.
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice,
    and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
But like men[b] they have transgressed the covenant.
    There they dealt faithlessly with Me.

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  1. Hosea 6:5 Gk. Syr.: Heb. Your.
  2. Hosea 6:7 Or like/at Adam.

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