An exhortation to repentance.
Hosea 6:1 In their aduersite they shall seke me, and saye: come, let vs turne agayne to the LORDE: for he hath smytten vs, and he shal heale vs: Hosea 6:2 He hath wounded vs, & he shal bynde vs vp agayne: after two dayes shal he quycken vs, in the thirde daye he shal rase vs vp, so that we shal lyue in his sight. Hosea 6:3 Then shal we haue vnderstondinge, & endeuoure oure selues to knowe the LORDE. He shal go forth as the sprynge of the daye, and come vnto vs as the euenynge and mornynge rayne vpon the earth.
A complaint of their untowardness and iniquity.
Hosea 6:4 O Ephraim, what shal I do vnto the? O Iuda, how shal I intreate the? seynge youre loue is like a mornynge cloude, & like a dew yt goeth early awaye. Hosea 6:5 Therfore haue I cut downe the prophetes, & letten them be slayne for my wordes sake: so that thy punyshment shal come to light. Hosea 6:6 For I haue pleasure in louynge kyndnesse, and not in offerynge: Yee in the knowlege of God, more then in burntsacrifice. Hosea 6:7 But euen like as Adam dyd, so haue they broken my couenaunt, and set me at naught. Hosea 6:8 Galaad is a cite of wicked doers, of malicious people and bloudshedders. Hosea 6:9 The multitude of the prestes is like an heape of theues, murtherers & bloudthurstie: for they haue wrought abhominacion. Hosea 6:10 Horrible thinges haue I sene in the house of Israel, there playeth Ephraim the harlot, and Israel is defyled: Hosea 6:11 but Iuda shall haue an haruest for himself, when I returne the captiuyte of my people.