Hosea 6

1“Come, let’s go back to the Lord. He hurt us, but he will heal us. He wounded us, but he will put bandages on us. 2After two days he will bring us back to life. He will raise us up on the third day. Then we can live near him. 3Let’s learn about the Lord. Let’s try very hard to know the Lord. We know he is coming, like we know the dawn is coming. The Lord will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain that waters the ground.” 4“Ephraim, what should I do with you? Judah, what should I do with you? Your faithfulness is like a morning mist, Your faithfulness is like the dew that goes away early in the morning. 5I used the prophets, and made laws for the people. The people were killed at my command. But good things will come from those decisions. 6Why? Because I want faithful love, not sacrifice, ˻I want people˼ to know God, not ˻to bring˼ burnt offerings. 7But the people broke the Agreement just like Adam did. They were unfaithful to me in their country. 8Gilead is a city of people that do evil. People have tricked and killed other people. 9Robbers hide and wait to attack someone. In the same way, priests wait on the road to Shechem and attack the people that pass by. They have done evil things. 10I have seen a terrible thing in the nation of Israel. Ephraim was unfaithful to God. Israel is dirty with sin. 11Judah, there is also a time of harvest for you. It will happen at the time that I bring my people back from captivity.”

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