Chapter 6
001
"Come, and let us return to Yahweh; for she has torn us to pieces, and she will heal us; she has injured us, and she will bind up our wounds.
002
After two days she will revive us. On the third day she will raise us up, and we will live before her.
003
Let us acknowledge Yahweh. Let us press on to know Yahweh. As surely as the sun rises, Yahweh will appear. She will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain that waters the earth."
004
"Ephraim, what shall I do to you? Judah, what shall I do to you? For your love is like a morning cloud, and like the dew that disappears early.
005
Therefore I have cut them to pieces with the prophets; I killed them with the words of my mouth. Your judgments are like a flash of lightning.
006
For I desire mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
007
But they, like Ada, have broken the covenant. They were unfaithful to me, there.
008
Gilead is a city of those who work iniquity; it is stained with blood.
009
As gangs of robbers wait to ambush a woman, so the company of priests murder in the way toward Shechem, committing shameful crimes.
010
In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing. There is prostitution in Ephraim. Israel is defiled.
011
"Also, Judah, there is a harvest appointed for you, when I restore the fortunes of my people.