6 “Come and let us return [in repentance] to the Lord, For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. 2 “After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up That we may live before Him. 3 “So let us know and become personally acquainted with Him; let us press on to know and understand fully the [greatness of the] Lord [to honor, heed, and deeply cherish Him]. His appearing is prepared and is as certain as the dawn, And He will come to us [in salvation] like the [heavy] rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.”
The Reply of the Lord
4 O Ephraim, what shall I do with you? O Judah, what shall I do with you? For your [wavering] loyalty and kindness are [transient] like the morning cloud And like the dew that goes away early. 5 Therefore, I have hewn them in pieces by [the words of] the prophets; I have slain them by the words of My mouth; My judgments [pronounced upon them by the prophets] are like the light that shines forth [obvious to all]. 6 For I desire and delight in [steadfast] loyalty [faithfulness in the covenant relationship], rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. 7 But they, like Adam, have transgressed the covenant; There they have dealt treacherously against Me. 8 Gilead is a city of wrongdoers; It is tracked with bloody footprints. 9 And as bands of robbers [lie in] wait for a man, So a band of priests murder on the road toward [a]Shechem [covering their crimes in that city of refuge]; Certainly they have committed crimes and outrages. 10 I have seen a horrible thing [sins of every kind] in the house of Israel! Ephraim’s prostitution (idolatry) is there; Israel has defiled itself. 11 Also, O Judah, there is a harvest [of divine judgment] appointed for you, When I restore the fortunes of My people [who have been slaves to the misery of sin].
Hosea 6:9Shechem was the first capital city of the Kingdom of Israel.
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