Hosea 6
Holman Christian Standard Bible

A Call to Repentance

1Come, let us return to the LORD.a

For He has torn us,b

and He will heal us;c

He has wounded us,

and He will bind up our wounds.d

2He will revive us after two days,e

and on the third day He will raise us up

so we can live in His presence.f

3Let us strive to know the LORD.g

His appearance is as sure as the dawn.h

He will come to us like the rain,i

like the spring showers that water the land.

The Lord’s First Lament

4What am I going to do with you, Ephraim?j

What am I going to do with you, Judah?

Your loyalty is like the morning mistk

and like the early dew that vanishes.

5This is why I have used the prophets

to cut them down;l, m

I have killed them with the words of My mouth.

My judgment strikes like lightning.n

6For I desire loyalty and not sacrifice,

the knowledge of Godo rather than burnt offerings.p

7But they, like Adam,q have violated the covenant;r

there they have betrayed Me.s

8Gilead is a city of evildoers,t

tracked with bloody footprints.u

9Like raiders who wait in ambush for someone,v

a band of priests murders on the road to Shechem.w

They commit atrocities.x

10I have seen something horribley in the house of Israel:

Ephraim’s promiscuity is there;z Israel is defiled.

11A harvest is also appointed for you, Judah.aa

When Iab return My people from captivity,ac


Footnotes:
a. 6:1 Jr 50:4-5
b. 6:1 Hs 5:14
c. 6:1 Hs 14:4
d. 6:1 Is 30:26
e. 6:2 Ps 30:5
f. 6:2 Dt 32:39
g. 6:3 Is 2:3; Mc 4:2
h. 6:3 Ps 19:6; Mc 5:2
i. 6:3 Jl 2:23
j. 6:4 Hs 7:1; 11:8
k. 6:4 Ps 78:34-37
l. 6:5 Or have cut down the prophets
m. 6:5 1Sm 15:32-33; Jr 1:10,18; 5:14
n. 6:5 LXX, Syr, Tg; MT reads Your judgments go out as light
o. 6:6 Hs 4:1
p. 6:6 Mt 9:13; 12:7
q. 6:7 Or they, as at Adam, or they, like men,
r. 6:7 Hs 8:1
s. 6:7 Hs 5:7
t. 6:8 Hs 12:11
u. 6:8 Hs 4:2
v. 6:9 Hs 7:1
w. 6:9 Jr 7:9-10; Hs 4:2
x. 6:9 Ezk 22:9; 23:27; Hs 2:10
y. 6:10 Jr 5:30-31; 23:14
z. 6:10 Hs 5:3
aa. 6:11 Jr 51:33; Jl 3:13
ab. 6:11 Or you. Judah, when I
ac. 6:11 Zph 2:7
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