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1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

4 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.

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 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.

8 Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.

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.

10 I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.

11 Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people.

Commentary for Hosea 6

An exhortation to repentance. (1-3) Israel's instability and breach of the covenant. (4-11)1-3 Those who have gone from God by consent, and in a body, drawing one another to sin, should, by consent and in a body, return to him, which will be for his glory, and their good. It will be of great use for support under afflictions, and to encourage our repentance, to keep up good thoughts of God, and of his purposes and designs concerning us. Deliverance out of trouble should be to them as life from the dead. God will revive them: the assurance of this should engage them to return to him. But this seems to have a further reference to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let us admire the wisdom and goodness of God, that when the prophet foretold the deliverance of the church out of her troubles, he should point out our salvation by Christ; and now these words are fulfilled in the resurrection of Christ, it confirms our faith, that this is He that should come and we are to look for no other. Here is a precious blessing promised; this is life eternal, to know God. The returns of the favour of God are secured to us as firmly as the return of the morning after a dark night. He shall come to us as the latter and former rain unto the earth, which refreshes it, and makes it fruitful. The grace of God in Christ is both the latter and the former rain; and by it the good work of our fruit-bearing is begun and carried on. And as the Redeemer was raised from the grave, so will He revive the hearts and hopes of all that trust in him. The feeblest glimpse of hope in his word, is a sure earnest of increasing light and comfort, which shall be attended with purifying, comforting grace that makes fruitful.

4-11 Sometimes Israel and Judah seemed disposed to repent under their sufferings, but their goodness vanished like the empty morning cloud, and the early dew, and they were as vile as ever. Therefore the Lord sent awful messages by the prophets. The word of God will be the death either of the sin or of the sinner. God desired mercy rather than sacrifice, and that knowledge of him which produces holy fear and love. This exposes the folly of those who trust in outward observances, to make up for their want of love to God and man. As Adam broke the covenant of God in paradise, so Israel had broken his national covenant, notwithstanding all the favours they received. Judah also was ripe for Divine judgments. May the Lord put his fear into our hearts, and set up his kingdom within us, and never leave us to ourselves, nor suffer us to be overcome by temptation.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Hosea 6

  • A disciple
    Doug; the saying about "a day is as a thousand years" is for us to understand that there is a day of eternity, and that from the place of God's habitation (in eternity) He beholds all the inhabitants of the earth. We can only begin to see these things in the most obscure and shaded forms in our minds by faith; and they are not to be approved or understood by things which do just for now appear.
  • Doug
    2 PETER 3:8 Peter tells us not to be ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. Why did he not tell us to remember that JESUS CHRIST died for our sins, or that he rose on the third day. Peter was telling all that put their faith in the Jesus the Christ of Nazareth when the end will come. Not the 24 hour day, so compare HOSEA 6:2
  • Anonymous
    2 days yes but the Vail was torn after His crucifiction begins the NEW COVENANT however the 2,000 begins before zero better math is Israel is about 70 years since 1948 and the last seven years to begin soon and by the way the whole22 chapters of Rev. Is seven years 75 days.....so when the Temple is completed begins the last 7 years the two Witnesses Eligha and John the revelator yes The Apostle
  • Rose Munro
    Daniel's week is not one seven year period, it is one forty-nine year period, or one jubilee cycle.

    It is not 7 x 70 = 490 years, it is 7 x 7 x 70 = 3430 years or 70 jubilee cycles.

    It is a week of weeks mlitplied by seventy

    BC 1414 AD 2016 = 3430 years

    The 50th year was also the 1st of the next set of 49.

    Week 1 BC 1414 - BC 1365
    Week 2 BC 1365 - BC 1316
    Week 3 BC 1316 - BC 12
  • Mark
    I have not studied the bible well. But I know that the Lord has stated in the Bible that no one knows the day or hour of the worlds end. A well known radio preacher was convinced that the end time should hv already happened 2 or 3 times in the past. He was wrong each time. I do not suppose to know something that God says He alone knows. Inread in the early verses 2 days is 2 days; 3 days is 3.
  • Cliff
    I believe it corresponds with Corinthians 15:23 and romans 8:29 and 30. The first resurrection happened when Jesus was resurrected, he was followed by many others.
  • Craig Calef for verse 2
    After two prophetic "days " 2,000 years from the time Jesus revealed himself to Israel in 32 A.D. He will return to earth in the Second Coming exactly in 2032 A.D. Hosea 6 2 . It takes a little insight to see this HIDDEN PROPHECY. Therefore time is quickly running out the Antichrist and worldwide tribulation and Babylon will soon be upon us. I believe the Church will be here to guide the unsaved world until a mid trib rapture. The prophetic clock in ticking down very quickly, so get ready and be faithful.
  • Jake
    In Revelation it says no one but God the father knows the time of Jesus 's second coming. We shouldn 't be focusing on dates as much as we need to be preparing ourselves and doing our best to prepare those around us

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