Hosea 6
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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.1"Come, let us return to the LORD; even though he has torn us, he will heal us. Even though he has wounded us, he will bind our wounds.
2After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.2After two days, he will restore us to life, on the third day he will raise us up, and we will live in his presence.
3Let 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."3Let us know, let us pursue knowledge of the LORD; his coming is as certain as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the autumn and spring rains come on 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.4"What am I to do with you, Ephraim? What am I to do with you, Judah? Your love is like a morning rain cloud— it passes away like the morning dew.
5Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets, I killed you with the words of my mouth-- then my judgments go forth like the sun.5Therefore I cut them to pieces by the prophets, killing them by the words from my mouth. The verdict against you shines like a beacon.
6For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.6For it is love that I seek, and not sacrifice; knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
7As at Adam, they have broken the covenant; they were unfaithful to me there.7"But like Adam, they broke the covenant; in this they have acted deceitfully against me.
8Gilead is a city of evildoers, stained with footprints of blood.8Gilead is a lawless town; it is polluted by bloodshed.
9As marauders lie in ambush for a victim, so do bands of priests; they murder on the road to Shechem, carrying out their wicked schemes.9Like a gang of thieves that stalk a man, priests commit murder along the road to Shechem, committing shameful crimes.
10I have seen a horrible thing in Israel: There Ephraim is given to prostitution, Israel is defiled.10I have seen a horrible evil in the house of Israel— Ephraim's promiscuity. Israel is defiled.
11"Also for you, Judah, a harvest is appointed. "Whenever I would restore the fortunes of my people,11"So, Judah, a harvest has been appointed for you when I restore my people from captivity."
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