Hosea Chapter 6 |
1“Come, let us turn back to the Lord:
He attacked, and He can heal us;
He wounded, and He can bind us up.
2In two days He will make us whole again;
On the third day He will raise us up,
And we shall be whole by His favor.
3Let us pursue obedience to the Lord,
And we shall become obedient.
His appearance is as sure as daybreak,
And He will come to us like rain,
Like latter rain that refreshes the earth.”
4What can I do for you, Ephraim,
What can I do for you, Judah,
When your goodness is like morning clouds,
Like dew so early gone?
5That is why I have hewn down the prophets,
Have slain them with the words of My mouth:
And the day that dawned [brought on] your punishment.
6For I desire goodness, not sacrifice;
Obedience to God, rather than burnt offerings.
7But they, to a man, have transgressed the Covenant.
This is where they have been false to Me:
8Gilead is a city of evildoers,
Tracked up with blood.
9The gang of priests is
Like the ambuscade of bandits
Who murder on the road to Shechem,
For they have encouraged depravity.
10In the House of Israel I have seen
A horrible thing;
Ephraim has fornicated there,
Israel has defiled himself.
11(Even Judah has reaped a harvest of you!)