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6Hosea

1 Come, let us return to the LORD;
for he has torn us and will heal us,
he has struck us and he will bind up our wounds;

The people's insincere repentance. Hs.6.1-7.2
2 after two days he will revive us,
on the third day he will restore us,
that in his presence we may live.

 
3 Let us humble ourselves, let us strive to know the LORD,
Line transposed from end of v5 whose justice dawns like morning light,
and its dawning is as sure as the sunrise.
It will come to us like a shower,
like spring rains that water the earth.

 
4 O Ephraim, how shall I deal with you?
How shall I deal with you, Judah?
Your loyalty to me is like the morning mist,
like dew that vanishes early.

 
5 Therefore have I lashed you through the prophets
and torn you prob. rdg, Heb them to shreds with my words;

 
6 loyalty is my desire, not sacrifice,
not whole-offerings but the knowledge of God.

 
7 At Admah At Admah: prob. rdg, Heb Like Adam they have broken my covenant,
there they have played me false.

 
8 Gilead is a haunt of evildoers,
marked by a trail of blood;

 
9 like robbers lying in wait for a man,
priests are banded together
to do murder on the road to Shechem;
their deeds are outrageous.

 
10 At Israel's sanctuary I have seen a horrible thing:
there Ephraim played the wanton
and Israel defiled himself.

 
11 (a) And for you, too, Judah, comes a harvest of reckoning.

 
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