Hosea - Chapter 6

1

"Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.


2

After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.


3

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, like the spring rains that water the earth."


4

"What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah? Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears.


5

Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets, I killed you with the words of my mouth; my judgments flashed like lightning upon you.


6

For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.


7

Like Adam, they have broken the covenant-- they were unfaithful to me there.


8

Gilead is a city of wicked men, stained with footprints of blood.


9

As marauders lie in ambush for a man, so do bands of priests; they murder on the road to Shechem, committing shameful crimes.


10

I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel. There Ephraim is given to prostitution and Israel is defiled.


11

"Also for you, Judah, a harvest is appointed.