Hosea 6
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1  ‘Come and let us return unto Hashem; for He hath torn and He will heal us He hath smitten and He will bind us up.

א  לְכוּ וְנָשׁוּבָה אֶל יְהוָה כִּי הוּא טָרָף וְיִרְפָּאֵנוּ יַךְ וְיַחְבְּשֵׁנוּ.

2  After two days will He revive us on the third day He will raise us up that we may live in His presence.

ב  יְחַיֵּנוּ מִיֹּמָיִם בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁלִישִׁי יְקִמֵנוּ וְנִחְיֶה לְפָנָיו.

3  And let us know eagerly strive to know Hashem His going forth is sure as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain as the latter rain that watereth the earth.’

ג  וְנֵדְעָה נִרְדְּפָה לָדַעַת אֶת יְהוָה כְּשַׁחַר נָכוֹן מֹצָאוֹ וְיָבוֹא כַגֶּשֶׁם לָנוּ כְּמַלְקוֹשׁ יוֹרֶה אָרֶץ.

4  O Efraim what shall I do unto thee? O Yehudah what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud and as the dew that early passeth away.

ד  מָה אֶעֱשֶׂה לְּךָ אֶפְרַיִם מָה אֶעֱשֶׂה לְּךָ יְהוּדָה וְחַסְדְּכֶם כַּעֲנַן בֹּקֶר וְכַטַּל מַשְׁכִּים הֹלֵךְ.

5  Therefore have I hewed them by the Naviim I have slain them by the words of My mouth; and thy judgment goeth forth as the light.

ה  עַל כֵּן חָצַבְתִּי בַּנְּבִיאִים הֲרַגְתִּים בְּאִמְרֵי פִי וּמִשְׁפָּטֶיךָ אוֹר יֵצֵא.

6  For I desire mercy and not sacrifice and the knowledge of God rather than burnt-offerings.

kee KHE-sed kha-FATZ-tee v’-LO ZA-vakh v’-DA-at e-lo-HEEM may-o-LOT

ו  כִּי חֶסֶד חָפַצְתִּי וְלֹא זָבַח וְדַעַת אֱלֹהִים מֵעֹלוֹת.

6:6  For I desire mercy, and not sacrifice

Chapter 6 explains God’s reluctance to answer His people in their distress, despite their apparent repentance (6:1-3). God understands the fleeting and superficial nature of their request, “for your goodness is as a morning cloud” (6:4). Hosea then makes one of his most revolutionary declarations, that sacrificial acts alone, the basis of all ancient religions, have no value without an accompanying commitment to living a moral life.

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7  But they like men have transgressed the covenant; there have they dealt treacherously against Me.

ז  וְהֵמָּה כְּאָדָם עָבְרוּ בְרִית שָׁם בָּגְדוּ בִי.

8  Gilad is a city of them that work iniquity it is covered with footprints of blood.

ח  גִּלְעָד קִרְיַת פֹּעֲלֵי אָוֶן עֲקֻבָּה מִדָּם.

9  And as troops of robbers wait for a man so doth the company of Kohanim; they murder in the way toward Shechem; yea they commit enormity.

ט  וּכְחַכֵּי אִישׁ גְּדוּדִים חֶבֶר כֹּהֲנִים דֶּרֶךְ יְרַצְּחוּ שֶׁכְמָה כִּי זִמָּה עָשׂוּ.

10  In the house of Yisrael I have seen a horrible thing; there harlotry is found in Efraim Yisrael is defiled.

י  בְּבֵית יִשְׂרָאֵל רָאִיתִי שעריריה (שַׁעֲרוּרִיָּה) שָׁם זְנוּת לְאֶפְרַיִם נִטְמָא יִשְׂרָאֵל.

11  Also O Yehudah there is a harvest appointed for thee! When I would turn the captivity of My people

יא  גַּם יְהוּדָה שָׁת קָצִיר לָךְ בְּשׁוּבִי שְׁבוּת עַמִּי.

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