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Hosea 6:4-7:7

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.


7 But at* Adam they transgressed the covenant;
   there they dealt faithlessly with me.
8 Gilead is a city of evildoers,
   tracked with blood.
9 As robbers lie in wait* for someone,
   so the priests are banded together;*
they murder on the road to Shechem,
   they commit a monstrous crime.
10 In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing;
   Ephraim’s whoredom is there, Israel is defiled.


11 For you also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed.


When I would restore the fortunes of my people,

71when I would heal Israel,
   the corruption of Ephraim is revealed,
   and the wicked deeds of Samaria;
for they deal falsely,
   the thief breaks in,
   and the bandits raid outside.
2 But they do not consider
   that I remember all their wickedness.
Now their deeds surround them,
   they are before my face.
3 By their wickedness they make the king glad,
   and the officials by their treachery.
4 They are all adulterers;
   they are like a heated oven,
whose baker does not need to stir the fire,
   from the kneading of the dough until it is leavened.
5 On the day of our king the officials
   became sick with the heat of wine;
   he stretched out his hand with mockers.
6 For they are kindled* like an oven, their heart burns within them;
   all night their anger smoulders;
   in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.
7 All of them are hot as an oven,
   and they devour their rulers.
All their kings have fallen;
   none of them calls upon me.

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