An exhortation to repentance.
Hosea 6:1 Come, and let vs returne vnto the LORD: for hee hath torne, and hee will heale vs: he hath smitten, and he will binde vs vp. Hosea 6:2 After two daies will he reuiue vs, in the third day he will raise vs vp, and we shall liue in his sight. Hosea 6:3 Then shal we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared, as the morning; & he shall come vnto vs, as the raine; as the latter and former raine vnto the earth.
A complaint of their untowardness and iniquity.
Hosea 6:4 O Ephraim, what shall I doe vnto thee? O Iudah, what shall I do vnto thee? For your goodnesse [is] as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away. Hosea 6:5 Therefore haue I shewed [them] by the Prophets: I haue slaine them by the wordes of my mouth, and thy iudgements [are as] the light [that] goeth foorth. Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercie, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more then burnt offerings. Hosea 6:7 But they like men haue transgressed the Couenant: there haue they dealt treacherously against me. Hosea 6:8 Gilead [is] a city of them that worke iniquitie; [and is] polluted with blood. Hosea 6:9 And as troupes of robbers waite for a man, [so] the company of priestes murther in the way by consent: for they commit lewdnesse. Hosea 6:10 I haue seene an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there [is] the whoredome of Ephraim, Israel is defiled. Hosea 6:11 Also O Iudah, hee hath set an haruest for thee, when I returned the captiuitie of my people.