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Hosea 6:4-11 New King James Version (NKJV)

Impenitence of Israel and Judah

“O Ephraim, what shall I do to you?
O Judah, what shall I do to you?
For your faithfulness is like a morning cloud,
And like the early dew it goes away.
Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,
I have slain them by the words of My mouth;
And [a]your judgments are like light that goes forth.
For I desire mercy[b] and not sacrifice,
And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

“But like [c]men they transgressed the covenant;
There they dealt treacherously with Me.
Gilead is a city of evildoers
And [d]defiled with blood.
As bands of robbers lie in wait for a man,
So the company of priests murder on the way to Shechem;
Surely they commit lewdness.
10 I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel:
There is the [e]harlotry of Ephraim;
Israel is defiled.
11 Also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed for you,
When I return the captives of My people.

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 6:5 Or the judgments on you
  2. Hosea 6:6 Or faithfulness or loyalty
  3. Hosea 6:7 Or Adam
  4. Hosea 6:8 Lit. foot-tracked
  5. Hosea 6:10 Spiritual adultery
New King James Version (NKJV)

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Hosea 6:4-11 New International Version (NIV)

“What can I do with you, Ephraim?
    What can I do with you, Judah?
Your love is like the morning mist,
    like the early dew that disappears.
Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets,
    I killed you with the words of my mouth
    then my judgments go forth like the sun.[a]
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
    and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
As at Adam,[b] they have broken the covenant;
    they were unfaithful to me there.
Gilead is a city of evildoers,
    stained with footprints of blood.
As marauders lie in ambush for a victim,
    so do bands of priests;
they murder on the road to Shechem,
    carrying out their wicked schemes.
10 I have seen a horrible thing in Israel:
    There Ephraim is given to prostitution,
    Israel is defiled.

11 “Also for you, Judah,
    a harvest is appointed.

“Whenever I would restore the fortunes of my people,

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 6:5 The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.
  2. Hosea 6:7 Or Like Adam; or Like human beings
New International Version (NIV)

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