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  • Hosea 5:15-6:6

    15 I will leave so that I can return to my place
            until they pay for their deeds,
            until they seek me.
        In their distress,
            they will beg for my favor:

    “Come, let’s return to the Lord;
            for it is he who has injured us and will heal us;
            he has struck us down, but he will bind us up.
    After two days he will revive us;
            on the third day he will raise us up,
                so that we may live before him.
    Let’s know, let’s press on to know the Lord;
            whose appearing is as certain as the dawn;
            who will come to us like the showers,
            like the spring rains that give drink to the earth.”

    Infidelity and divine retribution

        Ephraim, what will I do with you?
                Judah, what will I do with you?
        Your love is like a morning cloud,
                like the dew that vanishes quickly.
        Therefore, I have attacked them by the prophets,
                I have killed them by the words of my mouth,
                    and my judgment goes forth like a light.
        I desire faithful love and not sacrifice,
                the knowledge of God instead of entirely burned offerings.