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Israel and Judah Are Unrepentant
6 “Come, let us (A)return to the Lord;
for (B)he has torn us, that he may heal us;
he has struck us down, and (C)he will bind us up.
2 After two days (D)he will revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him.
3 (E)Let us know; (F)let us press on to know the Lord;
(G)his going out is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us (H)as the showers,
(I)as the spring rains that water the earth.”
4 What shall I do with you, (J)O (K)Ephraim?
What shall I do with you, O (L)Judah?
Your love is (M)like a morning cloud,
(N)like the dew that goes early away.
5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets;
I have slain them (O)by the words of my mouth,
and my judgment goes forth as the light.
6 For (P)I desire steadfast love[a] and not sacrifice,
(Q)the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
7 But (R)like Adam they (S)transgressed the covenant;
(T)there they dealt faithlessly with me.
8 (U)Gilead is a city of evildoers,
(V)tracked with blood.
9 As robbers (W)lie in wait for a man,
so the priests band together;
they murder on the way to (X)Shechem;
they commit villainy.
10 In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing;
(Y)Ephraim's whoredom is there; (Z)Israel is defiled.
When (AC)I restore the fortunes of my people,
- Hosea 6:6 Septuagint mercy