Hosea 6:1
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New International Version
"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.

New Living Translation
"Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces; now he will heal us. He has injured us; now he will bandage our wounds.

English Standard Version
“Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.

Berean Study Bible
Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us to pieces, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bind us up.

New American Standard Bible
"Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.

King James Bible
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

Christian Standard Bible
Come, let us return to the LORD. For he has torn us, and he will heal us; he has wounded us, and he will bind up our wounds.

Contemporary English Version
Let's return to the LORD. He has torn us to shreds, but he will bandage our wounds and make us well.

Good News Translation
The people say, "Let's return to the LORD! He has hurt us, but he will be sure to heal us; he has wounded us, but he will bandage our wounds, won't he?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, and He will heal us; He has wounded us, and He will bind up our wounds.

International Standard Version
"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.

NET Bible
"Come on! Let's return to the LORD! He himself has torn us to pieces, but he will heal us! He has injured us, but he will bandage our wounds!

New Heart English Bible
"Come, and let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us to pieces, and he will heal us; he has injured us, and he will bind up our wounds.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let's return to the LORD. Even though he has torn us to pieces, he will heal us. Even though he has wounded us, he will bandage our wounds.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Come, and let us return unto the LORD; For He hath torn, and He will heal us, He hath smitten, and He will bind us up.

New American Standard 1977
“Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Come, and let us return unto the LORD; for he has torn, and he will heal us; he has smitten, and he will bind us up.

King James 2000 Bible
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he has torn, and he will heal us; he has smitten, and he will bind us up.

American King James Version
Come, and let us return to the LORD: for he has torn, and he will heal us; he has smitten, and he will bind us up.

American Standard Version
Come, and let us return unto Jehovah; for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In their affliction they will rise early to me: Come, and let us return to the Lord:

Darby Bible Translation
Come and let us return unto Jehovah: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

English Revised Version
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

Webster's Bible Translation
Come, and let us return to the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

World English Bible
"Come, and let us return to Yahweh; for he has torn us to pieces, and he will heal us; he has injured us, and he will bind up our wounds.

Young's Literal Translation
'Come, and we turn back unto Jehovah, For He hath torn, and He doth heal us, He doth smite, and He bindeth us up.
Study Bible
Israel and Judah are Unrepentant
1Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us to pieces, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bind us up. 2After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His presence.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:39
See now that I am He; there is no God besides Me. I bring death and I give life; I wound and I heal, and there is no one who can deliver from My hand.

1 Samuel 7:3
Then Samuel said to all the house of Israel, "If you are returning to the LORD with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and Ashtoreths among you, prepare your hearts for the LORD, and serve Him only. And He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines."

Job 5:18
For He wounds, but also binds; He strikes, but His hands also heal.

Job 16:9
His anger has torn me and hated me; He gnashes His teeth at me. My adversary pierces me with His eyes.

Psalm 6:2
Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am frail; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are in agony.

Psalm 71:20
Though you have shown me many troubles and misfortunes, You will revive me once again. Even from the depths of the earth You will bring me back up.

Ecclesiastes 3:3
a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build,

Isaiah 17:7
In that day men will look to their Maker and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 30:26
The light of the moon will be as bright as the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter--like the light of seven days--on the day that the LORD binds up the brokenness of His people and heals the wounds He inflicted.

Jeremiah 3:22
"Return, O faithless children, and I will heal your faithlessness." "Here we are. We come to You, for You are the LORD our God.

Jeremiah 30:17
But I will restore your health and heal your wounds, declares the LORD, because they call you an outcast, Zion, for whom no one cares."

Jeremiah 33:6
Nevertheless, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal its people and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.

Jeremiah 50:4
"In those days and at that time, declares the LORD, the children of Israel and the children of Judah will come together, weeping as they come, and will seek the LORD their God.

Jeremiah 50:5
They will ask the way to Zion and turn their faces toward it. They will come and join themselves to the LORD in an everlasting covenant that will never be forgotten.

Lamentations 3:11
He forced me off my path and tore me to pieces; He left me without help.

Hosea 5:14
For I am like a lion to Ephraim and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear them to pieces and go away. I will carry them off where no one can rescue them.

Hosea 11:10
They will walk after the LORD; He will roar like a lion. When He roars, His children will come trembling from the west.

Hosea 12:6
But you must return to your God, maintaining love and justice, and always waiting on your God.

Hosea 14:1
Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled by your iniquity.

Hosea 14:4
I will heal their apostasy; I will freely love them, for My anger has turned away from them.

Treasury of Scripture

Come, and let us return to the LORD: for he has torn, and he will heal us; he has smitten, and he will bind us up.

and let.

Hosea 5:15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offense, …

Hosea 14:1 O Israel, return to the LORD your God; for you have fallen by your iniquity.

Isaiah 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the …

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: …

Jeremiah 3:22 Return, you backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. …

Jeremiah 50:4 In those days, and in that time, said the LORD, the children of Israel …

Lamentations 3:40,41 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD…

Zephaniah 2:1 Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together, O nation not desired;

he hath torn.

Hosea 5:12-14 Therefore will I be to Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah …

Hosea 13:7-9 Therefore I will be to them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will …

Deuteronomy 32:39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, …

1 Samuel 2:6 The LORD kills, and makes alive: he brings down to the grave, and brings up.

Job 5:18 For he makes sore, and binds up: he wounds, and his hands make whole.

Job 34:29 When he gives quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hides …

Psalm 30:7 LORD, by your favor you have made my mountain to stand strong: you …

Isaiah 30:22 You shall defile also the covering of your graven images of silver, …

Jeremiah 30:12 For thus said the LORD, Your bruise is incurable, and your wound is grievous.

Jeremiah 33:5 They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but it is to fill them with …

Lamentations 3:32,33 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according …







Verses 1-3. - These three verses have, by the division into chapters, been violently and improperly torn from the preceding chapter, to which they naturally belong. Their connection with the foregoing sentiments is indicated by the ancient versions - Chaldee and Septuagint, the LXX., for example, inserting λέγοντες, as if the reading had been לֵאסֹר: This

(1) represents the Israelites exhorting one another in that good time which the prophet encourages them to expect. But

(2) it may be regarded as the prophet's own exhortation to the exiles; their affliction urging them to seek the Lord, and their encouragement consisting in the knowledge of his ability and willingness to heal the wounds which his own hand had inflicted. Verse 1. - He hath torn, and he will heal us. The presence of the pronoun imparts emphasis to the statement, so that it is rather, he it is that hath torn; and the preterit of this verse, compared with the future in ver. 14 of the foregoing chapter, implies that the destruction there predicted has become an accomplished fact. He hath smitten, and he will bind us up. The language is figurative, and borrowed from medical science. Jehovah, not Jareb nor any sovereign of Assyria, is the physician. Long before he had assured his people Israel of this, saying, "I am the Lord that healeth thee" (Exodus 15:26); and again, "I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal" (Deuteronomy 32:39). Aben Ezra, commenting on yachbeshena, alludes to the ancient mode of surgical practice, probably as indicated m Isaiah 1:6: A wound needs to be pressed out and bound up, and afterwards softened with oil." Come, and let us return unto the Lord,.... The Septuagint and Arabic versions connect these words with the last clause of the preceding chapter, adding the word, "saying"; and so the Targum and Syriac version, "they shall say"; and very rightly as to the sense; for they are the words of those persons under the afflicting hand of God; and, being brought thereby to a sense of their sins, acknowledge them, and seek to the Lord for pardon, and encourage one another so to do; as Israel and Judah will in the latter day, when the veil shall be taken off their minds, the hardness of their heart removed, and they shall be converted, and turn to the Lord, and seek him together, weeping as they go; having both faith in Christ, and repentance towards God, by which they will return unto him; see 2 Corinthians 3:16; so all sinners sensible of their departure from God by sin, and of the evil and danger of it, repent of it, and loath it, confess and acknowledge it, depart from it, and forsake it; and return to the Lord, having some view and apprehension of him as a God, gracious and merciful in Christ; imploring the forgiveness of their sins, with some degree of faith and confidence in him; and not having only love to their own souls, and the welfare of them, but also to the souls of others, exhort and encourage them to join with them in the same acts of faith, repentance, and obedience. The Targum is,

"let us return to the worship of the Lord;''

from which they have sadly departed. The arguments or reasons follow,

for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up; the same hand that has torn will heal and that has smitten will bind up, and none else can; and therefore there is a necessity of returning to him for healing and a cure, Deuteronomy 32:39; and his tearing is in order to heal, and his smiting in order to bind up; and, as sure as he has done the one, he will do the other, and therefore there is great encouragement to apply to him; all which the Jews will be sensible of in the last day; and then the Lord, who is now tearing them in his wrath, and smiting them in his sore displeasure, both in their civil and church state, dispersing them among the nations, and has been so doing for many hundred years, will "bind up the breach of his people, and heal the stroke of their wound", Isaiah 30:26; and so the Lord deals with all his people, who are truly and really converted by him; he rends their heart, tears the caul of it; pricks and cuts them to the heart; smites them with the hammer of his word; wounds their consciences with a sense of sin; lets in the law into them, which works wrath, whereby they become broken and contrite; and all this in order to their turning to him that smites them, and be healed, and in love to their souls, though for the present grievous to bear: and then the great Physician heals them by his stripes and wounds; by the application of his blood; by means of his word, the Gospel of peace and pardon; by a look to him, and a touch of him by faith; by discoveries of his love, and particularly his pardoning grace and mercy, which as oil and wine he pours into the wounds made by sin, and binds them up; and which he heals universally, both with respect to persons and diseases, for which he is applied unto, and infallibly, thoroughly, and perfectly, and all freely. CHAPTER 6

Ho 6:1-11. The Israelites' Exhortation to One Another to Seek the Lord.

At Ho 6:4 a new discourse, complaining of them, begins; for Ho 6:1-3 evidently belong to Ho 5:15, and form the happy termination of Israel's punishment: primarily, the return from Babylon; ultimately, the return from their present long dispersion. Ho 6:8 perhaps refers to the murder of Pekahiah; the discourse cannot be later than Pekah's reign, for it was under it that Gilead was carried into captivity (2Ki 15:29).

1. let us return—in order that God who has "returned to His place" may return to us (Ho 5:15).

torn, and … heal—(De 32:39; Jer 30:17). They ascribe their punishment not to fortune, or man, but to God, and acknowledge that none (not the Assyrian, as they once vainly thought, Ho 5:13) but God can heal their wound. They are at the same time persuaded of the mercy of God, which persuasion is the starting-point of true repentance, and without which men would not seek, but hate and flee from God. Though our wound be severe, it is not past hope of recovery; there is room for grace, and a hope of pardon. He hath smitten us, but not so badly that He cannot heal us (Ps 130:4).6:1-3 Those who have gone from God by consent, and in a body, drawing one another to sin, should, by consent and in a body, return to him, which will be for his glory, and their good. It will be of great use for support under afflictions, and to encourage our repentance, to keep up good thoughts of God, and of his purposes and designs concerning us. Deliverance out of trouble should be to them as life from the dead. God will revive them: the assurance of this should engage them to return to him. But this seems to have a further reference to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let us admire the wisdom and goodness of God, that when the prophet foretold the deliverance of the church out of her troubles, he should point out our salvation by Christ; and now these words are fulfilled in the resurrection of Christ, it confirms our faith, that this is He that should come and we are to look for no other. Here is a precious blessing promised; this is life eternal, to know God. The returns of the favour of God are secured to us as firmly as the return of the morning after a dark night. He shall come to us as the latter and former rain unto the earth, which refreshes it, and makes it fruitful. The grace of God in Christ is both the latter and the former rain; and by it the good work of our fruit-bearing is begun and carried on. And as the Redeemer was raised from the grave, so will He revive the hearts and hopes of all that trust in him. The feeblest glimpse of hope in his word, is a sure earnest of increasing light and comfort, which shall be attended with purifying, comforting grace that makes fruitful.
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