15 Then I will return to my lair(A)
    until they have borne their guilt(B)
    and seek my face(C)
in their misery(D)
    they will earnestly seek me.(E)

Israel Unrepentant

“Come, let us return(F) to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces(G)
    but he will heal us;(H)
he has injured us
    but he will bind up our wounds.(I)
After two days he will revive us;(J)
    on the third day(K) he will restore(L) us,
    that we may live in his presence.
Let us acknowledge the Lord;
    let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
    he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,(M)
    like the spring rains that water the earth.(N)

“What can I do with you, Ephraim?(O)
    What can I do with you, Judah?
Your love is like the morning mist,
    like the early dew that disappears.(P)
Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets,
    I killed you with the words of my mouth(Q)
    then my judgments go forth like the sun.[a](R)
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,(S)
    and acknowledgment(T) of God rather than burnt offerings.(U)

Footnotes

  1. Hosea 6:5 The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.

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