An exhortation to repentance.
Hosea 6:1 In their aduersite they shal seke me, and said: come, let vs turne againe to the lord: for he hathe smyten vs, & he shall heale vs: Hosea 6:2 He hath wounde vs, & he shall bind vs vp agayne after two dayes shall he quicken vs, in the thirde day he shal rayse vs vp, so that we shal lyue in his sight. Hosea 6:3 Then shall we haue vnderstanding, and endeuoure oure selues to knowe the Lorde. He shall go forth as the springe of the daye, & come vnto vs as the eueninge and morninge 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 shall I entreate the? seynge youre loue is like a morning cloude, and lyke a dew that goeth early awaye. Hosea 6:5 Therfore haue I cut doune the Prophetes, and let them be slayne for my wordes sake: so that thy punyshment shall come to lyghte. Hosea 6:6 For I haue pleasure in louinge kindnesse, and not in offerynge: yea, in þe knoweledge of God, more then in burnt sacryfyce. Hosea 6:7 But euen like as Adam did, so haue they broken my couenaunt, & set me at naught. Hosea 6:8 Galaad is a city of wycked doers, of malycious people and bloudshedders. Hosea 6:9 The multytude of the priestes is lyke an heape of theues murtherers and bloudthursty: for they haue wroughte abhomynacyon. Hosea 6:10 Horryble 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 hym selfe, when I returne the captyuyte of my people.