Transitory Faithfulness and Imminent Judgment
6:4 What am I going to do with you, O Ephraim?
What am I going to do with you, O Judah?
For 1 your faithfulness is as fleeting as the morning mist; 2
it disappears as quickly as dawn’s dew! 3
6:5 Therefore, I will certainly cut 4 you into pieces at the hands of the prophets; 5
I will certainly kill you 6 in fulfillment of my oracles of judgment; 7
for 8 my judgment 9 will come forth like the light of the dawn. 10
6:6 For I delight in faithfulness, not simply in sacrifice;
I delight 11 in acknowledging God, not simply in whole burnt offerings. 12