The Response to God’s Rebuke
1 “Come and let us return [in repentance] to the Lord, for He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.
2 “After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up that we may live before Him.
3 “So let us know and become personally acquainted with Him; let us press on to know and understand fully the [greatness of the] Lord [to honor, heed, and deeply cherish Him]. His appearing is prepared and is as certain as the dawn, and He will come to us [in salvation] like the [heavy] rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.”
The Reply of the Lord
4 O Ephraim, what shall I do with you? O Judah, what shall I do with you?
For your [wavering] loyalty and kindness are [transient] like the morning cloud and like the dew that goes away early.
5 Therefore, I have hewn them in pieces by [the words of] the prophets; I have slain them by the words of My mouth; My judgments [pronounced upon them by the prophets] are like the light that shines forth [obvious to all].
6 For I desire and delight in [steadfast] loyalty [faithfulness in the covenant relationship], rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
7 But they, like Adam, have transgressed the covenant; there they have dealt treacherously against Me.
8 Gilead is a city of wrongdoers; it is tracked with bloody footprints.
9 And as bands of robbers [lie in] wait for a man, so a band of priests murder on the road toward Shechem [covering their crimes in that city of refuge]; Certainly they have committed crimes and outrages.
10 I have seen a horrible thing [sins of every kind] in the house of Israel!
Ephraim’s prostitution (idolatry) is there; Israel has defiled itself.
11 Also, O Judah, there is a harvest [of divine judgment] appointed for you, when I restore the fortunes of My people [who have been slaves to the misery of sin].Hosea 6 (AMP)