An exhortation to repentance.
Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. Hosea 6:2 After two days will he revive us: on the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live before him. Hosea 6:3 And let us know, let us follow on to know the LORD; his going forth is sure as the morning: and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter rain that watereth the earth.
A complaint of their untowardness and iniquity.
Hosea 6:4 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the dew that goeth early away. Hosea 6:5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are [as] the light that goeth forth. Hosea 6:6 For I desire mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. Hosea 6:7 But they like Adam have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me. Hosea 6:8 Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, it is stained with blood. Hosea 6:9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way toward Shechem; yea, they have committed lewdness. Hosea 6:10 In the house of Israel I have seen an horrible thing: there whoredom is [found] in Ephraim, Israel is defiled. Hosea 6:11 Also, O Judah, there is an harvest appointed for thee, when I bring again the captivity of my people.