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Hosea 6:4-6; 11:1-9; 14:4-7

Impenitence of Israel and Judah


4 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim?
   What shall I do with you, O Judah?
Your love is like a morning cloud,
   like the dew that goes away early.
5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,
   I have killed them by the words of my mouth,
   and my* judgement goes forth as the light.
6 For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
   the knowledge of God rather than burnt-offerings.

God’s Compassion Despite Israel’s Ingratitude

11When Israel was a child, I loved him,
   and out of Egypt I called my son.
2 The more I* called them,
   the more they went from me;*
they kept sacrificing to the Baals,
   and offering incense to idols.


3 Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
   I took them up in my* arms;
   but they did not know that I healed them.
4 I led them with cords of human kindness,
   with bands of love.
I was to them like those
   who lift infants to their cheeks.*
   I bent down to them and fed them.


5 They shall return to the land of Egypt,
   and Assyria shall be their king,
   because they have refused to return to me.
6 The sword rages in their cities,
   it consumes their oracle-priests,
   and devours because of their schemes.
7 My people are bent on turning away from me.
   To the Most High they call,
   but he does not raise them up at all.*


8 How can I give you up, Ephraim?
   How can I hand you over, O Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
   How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
My heart recoils within me;
   my compassion grows warm and tender.
9 I will not execute my fierce anger;
   I will not again destroy Ephraim;
for I am God and no mortal,
   the Holy One in your midst,
   and I will not come in wrath.*

Assurance of Forgiveness


4 I will heal their disloyalty;
   I will love them freely,
   for my anger has turned from them.
5 I will be like the dew to Israel;
   he shall blossom like the lily,
   he shall strike root like the forests of Lebanon.*
6 His shoots shall spread out;
   his beauty shall be like the olive tree,
   and his fragrance like that of Lebanon.
7 They shall again live beneath my* shadow,
   they shall flourish as a garden;*
they shall blossom like the vine,
   their fragrance shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

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