CHAPTER 6 6 1“Come, let us return to the LORD, For it is he who has torn, but he will heal us; he has struck down, but he will bind our wounds. 2He will revive us after two days; on the third day[U] he will raise us up, to live in his presence. 3Let us know, let us strive to know the LORD; as certain as the dawn is his coming. He will come to us like the rain, like spring rain that waters the earth.” 4What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah? Your loyalty is like morning mist, like the dew that disappears early. 5For this reason I struck them down through the prophets, I killed them by the words of my mouth;[V] my judgment shines forth like the light. 6For it is loyalty that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. Further Crimes of Israel 7But they, at Adam,[W] violated the covenant; there they betrayed me. 8Gilead[X] is a city of evildoers, tracked with blood. 9Like brigands lying in wait is the band of priests. They murder on the road to Shechem,[Y] indeed they commit a monstrous crime. 10In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing: there is found Ephraim’s prostitution, Israel is defiled. 11For you also, Judah, a harvest[Z] has been appointed!
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