6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he
hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will
bind us up.
6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he
will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD:
his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall
come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto
6:4 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what
shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning
cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.
6:5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have
slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are
as the light that goeth forth.
6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the
knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
6:7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there
have they dealt treacherously against me.
6:8 Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is
polluted with blood.
6:9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company
of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit
6:10 I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel:
there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.
6:11 Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I
returned the captivity of my people.