Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets,
    I killed you with the words of my mouth(A)
    then my judgments go forth like the sun.[a](B)
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,(C)
    and acknowledgment(D) of God rather than burnt offerings.(E)
As at Adam,[b] they have broken the covenant;(F)
    they were unfaithful(G) to me there.

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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