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Hosea 6 The Voice (VOICE)

Come on, let’s renew our loyalty to the Eternal One!
He tore us like a lion, but He’ll heal us;
    He wounded us, but He’ll bandage us.
He’ll bring us back to life after two days;
    He’ll raise us up on the third day, and we’ll live with Him.

While not clearly a reference to the Anointed One, this is a remarkable prefiguring of the time and consequence of His death and resurrection.

So let’s know Him; let’s strive to know the Eternal.
    As surely as the sun rises, He’ll come out from His lair.
As surely as the rains come each year
    those spring rains that drench the earth—He’ll come back to us.

Eternal One: What am I supposed to do with you, Ephraim?
        What am I supposed to do with you, Judah?
    Your loyalty to Me is like fog in the morning,
        like dew that evaporates at sunrise.
    This is why I cut them with the words of the prophets
        and destroyed them with the words of My mouth.
        My judgment went forth like the light of the rising sun.
    For I want not animal sacrifices, but mercy.[a]
        I don’t want burnt offerings; I want people to know Me as God!
    They broke their covenant with Me, treated it as just a common human affair;
        they were unfaithful to Me there.
    The city of Gilead is full of evil, murderous people.
        Their footprints are bloody.

This may be a reference to Jephthah’s return from the slaughter of the Ephraimites (Judges 11).

    As the priests travel together down the road,
        they’re like a band of robbers setting an ambush.
    They are like their ancestor Levi who committed murder at Shechem,[b]
        deceiving the people by their treachery.
10     I’ve seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel:
        Ephraim engages in prostitution there by worshiping at other shrines.
    Israel pollutes itself through violence and idol worship.
11     But a harvest is set for you, too, Judah
        when I restore my people’s fortunes and return them from captivity.

The Voice (VOICE)

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Hosea 6 New International Version (NIV)

Israel Unrepentant

“Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces
    but he will heal us;
he has injured us
    but he will bind up our wounds.
After two days he will revive us;
    on the third day he will restore us,
    that we may live in his presence.
Let us acknowledge the Lord;
    let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
    he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
    like the spring rains that water the earth.

“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,


  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
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