6:1 Come, and let us return to 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 will he
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 will come to us
as the rain, as the latter [and] former rain to the earth.
6:4 O Ephraim, what shall I do to thee? O Judah, what shall I do
to thee? for your goodness [is] as the 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 lewdness.
6:10 I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel: there
[is] the prostitution of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.
6:11 Also, O Judah, he hath set a harvest for thee, when I
returned the captivity of my people.