Hosea 6

The Lord’s People Speak

Let’s return to the Lord.
      He has torn us to shreds,
   but he will bandage our wounds
      and make us well.
2 In two or three days
      he will heal us
   and restore our strength
      that we may live with him.
3 Let’s do our best
      to know the Lord.
   His coming is as certain
      as the morning sun;
   he will refresh us like rain
   renewing the earth
      in the springtime.

The Lord Speaks to Israel and Judah

4 People of Israel and Judah,
      what can I do with you?
   Your love for me disappears
   more quickly than mist
      or dew at sunrise.
5 That’s why I slaughtered you
   with the words
      of my prophets.
   That’s why my judgments blazed
      like the dawning sun.
6 I’d rather for you to be faithful
   and to know me
      than to offer sacrifices.
7 At a place named Adam,
   you betrayed me
      by breaking our agreement.
8 Everyone in Gilead is evil;
   your hands are stained
      with the blood of victims.
9 You priests are like a gang
      of robbers in ambush.
   On the road to Shechem
   you murder and commit
      other horrible crimes.
10 I have seen a terrible thing
      in Israel—
   you are unfaithful
      and unfit to worship me.
11 People of Judah,
      your time is coming too.

The Lord Wants To Help Israel

   I, the Lord, would like to make
   my nation prosper again

The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Amos: Hypertext Bible Commentary