Hosea, CHAPTER 6
“Come, let us return to the LORD,
For it is he who has torn, but he will heal us;
he has struck down, but he will bind our wounds.
He will revive us after two days;
on the third day he will raise us up,
to live in his presence.
Let us know, let us strive to know the LORD;
as certain as the dawn is his coming.
He will come to us like the rain,
like spring rain that waters the earth.”
What can I do with you, Ephraim?
What can I do with you, Judah?
Your loyalty is like morning mist,
like the dew that disappears early.
For this reason I struck them down through the prophets,
I killed them by the words of my mouth;
my judgment shines forth like the light.
For it is loyalty that I desire, not sacrifice,
and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
FURTHER CRIMES OF ISRAEL
But they, at Adam, violated the covenant;
there they betrayed me.
Gilead is a city of evildoers,
tracked with blood.
Like brigands lying in wait
is the band of priests.
They murder on the road to Shechem,
indeed they commit a monstrous crime.
In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing:
there is found Ephraim’s prostitution,
Israel is defiled.
For you also, Judah,
a harvest has been appointed!
When I would have restored the fortunes of my people,