An exhortation to repentance.
Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return to 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: in the third day will he raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, [if] we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he will come to us as the rain, as the latter [and] former rain to the earth.
A complaint of their untowardness and iniquity.
Hosea 6:4 O Ephraim, what shall I do to thee? O Judah, what shall I do to thee? for your goodness [is] as the morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth 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 desired mercy, and not sacrifice: and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings. Hosea 6:7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me. Hosea 6:8 Gilead [is] a city of them that work iniquity, [and is] polluted with blood. Hosea 6:9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, [so] the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness. Hosea 6:10 I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel: there [is] the prostitution of Ephraim, Israel is defiled. Hosea 6:11 Also, O Judah, he hath set a harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people.