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Hosea 5:8-6:6 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Blow the horn in Gib′e-ah,
    the trumpet in Ramah.
Sound the alarm at Beth-a′ven;
    tremble,[a] O Benjamin!
E′phraim shall become a desolation
    in the day of punishment;
among the tribes of Israel
    I declare what is sure.
10 The princes of Judah have become
    like those who remove the landmark;
upon them I will pour out
    my wrath like water.
11 E′phraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment,
    because he was determined to go after vanity.[b]
12 Therefore I am like a moth to E′phraim,
    and like dry rot to the house of Judah.

13 When E′phraim saw his sickness,
    and Judah his wound,
then E′phraim went to Assyria,
    and sent to the great king.[c]
But he is not able to cure you
    or heal your wound.
14 For I will be like a lion to E′phraim,
    and like a young lion to the house of Judah.
I, even I, will rend and go away,
    I will carry off, and none shall rescue.

15 I will return again to my place,
    until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face,
    and in their distress they seek me, saying,

A Call to Repentance

“Come, let us return to the Lord;
for he has torn, that he may heal us;
    he has stricken, and he will bind us up.
After two days he will revive us;
    on the third day he will raise us up,
    that we may live before him.
Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord;
    his going forth is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us as the showers,
    as the spring rains that water the earth.”

Impenitence of Israel and Judah

What shall I do with you, O E′phraim?
    What shall I do with you, O Judah?
Your love is like a morning cloud,
    like the dew that goes early away.
Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,
    I have slain them by the words of my mouth,
    and my judgment goes forth as the light.[d]
For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
    the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offerings.


  1. Hosea 5:8 Cn Compare Gk: Heb after you
  2. Hosea 5:11 Gk: Heb a command
  3. Hosea 5:13 Cn: Heb a king that will contend
  4. Hosea 6:5 Gk Syr: Heb thy judgment goes forth
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