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Hosea 6Common English Bible (CEB)

“Come, let’s return to the Lord;
        for it is he who has injured us and will heal us;
        he has struck us down, but he will bind us up.
After two days he will revive us;
        on the third day he will raise us up,
            so that we may live before him.
Let’s know, let’s press on to know the Lord;
        whose appearing is as certain as the dawn;
        who will come to us like the showers,
        like the spring rains that give drink to the earth.”

Infidelity and divine retribution

    Ephraim, what will I do with you?
            Judah, what will I do with you?
    Your love is like a morning cloud,
            like the dew that vanishes quickly.
    Therefore, I have attacked them by the prophets,
            I have killed them by the words of my mouth,
                and my judgment goes forth like a light.
    I desire faithful love and not sacrifice,
            the knowledge of God instead of entirely burned offerings.
    But like Adam[a] they broke the covenant;
            then they acted in bad faith against me.
    Gilead is a city of wicked people,
            tracked with blood.
    As robbers lie in wait for someone,
            so the priests are in league with each other;
                they murder on the road to Shechem;
            they have done evil things.
10     In the house of Israel I have seen something horrible;
            Ephraim acts like a prostitute; Israel is defiled.
11     For you also, Judah, a harvest is appointed,
            when I would improve the circumstances of my people.


  1. Hosea 6:7 Or at Adam
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