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Hosea 6:1-3

Gangs of Priests Assaulting Worshipers

1-3"Come on, let's go back to God. He hurt us, but he'll heal us.

He hit us hard,

but he'll put us right again.

In a couple of days we'll feel better.

By the third day he'll have made us brand-new,

Alive and on our feet,

fit to face him.

We're ready to study God,

eager for God-knowledge.

As sure as dawn breaks,

so sure is his daily arrival.

He comes as rain comes,

as spring rain refreshing the ground."

4-7"What am I to do with you, Ephraim?

What do I make of you, Judah?

Your declarations of love last no longer

than morning mist and predawn dew.

That's why I use prophets to shake you to attention,

why my words cut you to the quick:

To wake you up to my judgment

blazing like light.

I'm after love that lasts, not more religion.

I want you to know God, not go to more prayer meetings.

You broke the covenant—just like Adam!

You broke faith with me—ungrateful wretches!