An exhortation to repentance.
Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto Yahweh! for, he, hath torn, that he might heal us,smitten, that he might bind us up. Hosea 6:2 He will bring us to life, after two days,on the third day, will he raise us up, that we may live before him. Hosea 6:3 Then let us knowlet us press on to knowYahweh, Like the dawn, is his coming forth assured,that he may come like a down-pour upon us, like the harvest-rain, [and] the seed-rain of the land.
A complaint of their untowardness and iniquity.
Hosea 6:4 What can I do unto thee, O Ephraim? What can I do unto thee, O Judah? for, your lovingkindness, is like a morning cloud, yea, like the dew, early departing! Hosea 6:5 For this cause, have I hewn them in pieces by the prophets, I have slain them by the sayings of my mouth,and, my justice, as a light goeth forth. Hosea 6:6 For, lovingkindness, I desired, and not sacrifice,and the knowledge of God, more than ascending-offerings. Hosea 6:7 But, they, like Adam, have transgressed a covenant,There, have they dealt treacherously with me. Hosea 6:8 Gilead, is a city of workers of iniquity,tracked with blood. Hosea 6:9 And, like liers in wait for a man, in troops, is a band of priests, on the road, will they murder towards Shechem,because, a shameful deed, they have done. Hosea 6:10 In the house of Israel, have I seen a horrible thing,there, the unchastity of Ephraim, defiled is Israel. Hosea 6:11 Judah too! a harvest is appointed for thee,in that I will bring back the captivity of my people.