An exhortation to repentance.
Hosea 6:1 Come, let vs turne agayne to the Lorde: for he hath smitten vs, and he shall heale vs, he hath wounded vs, and he shall binde vs vp agayne. Hosea 6:2 After two dayes shall he quicken vs, in the thirde day he shall rayse vs vp, so that we shall liue in his sight. Hosea 6:3 Then shall we haue vnderstanding, and endeuour our selues to knowe the Lord: he shal go foorth as the spring of the day, & come vnto vs as the rayne, and as the latter rayne vnto the earth.
A complaint of their untowardness and iniquity.
Hosea 6:4 O Ephraim, what shall I do vnto thee? O Iuda, howe shall I intreate thee? for your goodnesse is lyke a morning cloude, & like a deawe that goeth early away. Hosea 6:5 Therfore haue I cut downe the prophetes, and let them be slayne for my wordes sake, so that thy punishment shall come to light. Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice: and the knowledge of God more then burnt offeringes. Hosea 6:7 But euen like as Adam did, so haue they broken my couenaunt, and set me at naught. Hosea 6:8 Gilead is a citie of wicked doers, and [is] polluted with blood. Hosea 6:9 And as theeues [armed] wayte for him that passeth by the way: suche is the counsell of the priestes, which with one agreed counsell murther cruelly suche as kepe the way, yea they dare do all vnspeakable mischiefe. Hosea 6:10 Horrible thinges haue I seene in the house of Israel: there is the fornication of Ephraim, and Israel is defiled. Hosea 6:11 Yea, and thou Iuda kepest an haruest for thy selfe, when I returne the captiuitie of my people.