4 “O Ephraim, what shall I do to you?
O Judah, what shall I do to you?
For your faithfulness is like a morning cloud,
And like the early dew it goes away.
5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,
I have slain them by the words of My mouth;
And your judgments are like light that goes forth.
6 For I desire mercy and not sacrifice,
And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
I desire and delight in steadfast loyalty, faithfulness in the covenant relationship, rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.