An exhortation to repentance.
Hosea 6:1 In theyr aduersite they shall erlye seke me, & saye: come, let vs turne agayne to the Lorde: for he hath smyten vs, and he shall heale vs: Hosea 6:2 He hath wounded vs, and he shall bynde vs vp agayne: after two dayes shall he quycken vs, in the thyrde daye he shall rayse vs vp, so that we shall lyue in hys syght. Hosea 6:3 Then shall we haue vnderstandynge, & endeuoure oure selues to knowe the Lorde. He shall go forth as the spryng of the daye, & 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 shall I do vnto the? O Iuda, howe shall I intreate the? seyng your loue is lyke a mornyng cloude, & lyke a dewe þt goeth early awaye. 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 lyght. Hosea 6:6 For I haue pleasure in louyng kyndnesse and not in offringe: yee, in the knowledge of God, more then in burntsacrifyce. Hosea 6:7 But euen lyke as Adam dyd, so haue they broken my couenaunt, and set me at naught. Hosea 6:8 Gilead is a cite of wicked doers of malycyous people & bloudshedders. Hosea 6:9 And as theues armed wayte for him that passeth by the waye: such is the councell of the prestes whych with one agreed counsell murther cruelye suche as kepe the waye: ye they dare do all vnspeakable myschefe. Hosea 6:10 Horryble thynges haue I sene in the house of Israel, there playeth Ephraim the harlot, & Israel is defyled: Hosea 6:11 yee and thou Iuda hepest an haruest for thy selfe, when I returne the captyuitie of my people.