Hosea 6:1-3

The people say that they are sorry

1 ‘Listen! We should return to serve the Lord.

He has torn us to pieces, but now he will make us well again.

He has hurt us, but now he will make our wounds better.

6:1Israel's people think that it will be easy for them to return to God. They think that he will quickly forget about their sins.

2 He will soon make us strong again.

After three days, we will have new lives.

Then we can live together with him.

3 We should respect the Lord's authority.

We must try to know him better.

Then he will certainly come to rescue us.

He will come to us as surely as the sun appears each morning.

He will help us as surely as the rain comes in spring

and it makes the ground wet for plants to grow.’