Parallel Verses

King James 2000

Therefore turn you to your God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on your God continually.

New American Standard Bible

Therefore, return to your God, Observe kindness and justice, And wait for your God continually.

King James Version

Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.

Holman Bible

But you must return to your God.
Maintain love and justice,
and always put your hope in God.

International Standard Version

So you, return to your God; guard grace and justice, and look to your God always.

A Conservative Version

Therefore turn thou to thy God. Keep kindness and justice, and wait for thy God continually.

American Standard Version

Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep kindness and justice, and wait for thy God continually.


Therefore return to your God! Hold fast to love and mercy, to righteousness and justice, and wait [expectantly] for your God continually!

Bible in Basic English

So then, come back to your God; keep mercy and right, and be waiting at all times on your God.

Darby Translation

And thou, return unto thy God: keep loving-kindness and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Therefore be thou converted unto thy God; keep mercy and judgment, and in thy God wait continually.

Julia Smith Translation

And thou, in thy God thou shalt turn back: watch mercy and judgment, and wait always for thy God.

Lexham Expanded Bible

But you, you must return to your God; keep love and justice, and wait continually for your God.

Modern King James verseion

Therefore turn to your God; keep mercy and judgment, and wait on your God forever.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Then turn to thy God, keep mercy and equity, and hope still in thy God.

NET Bible

But you must return to your God, by maintaining love and justice, and by waiting for your God to return to you.

New Heart English Bible

Therefore turn to your God. Keep kindness and justice, and wait continually for your God.

The Emphasized Bible

Thou, therefore, by thy God, shalt return, - lovingkindness and justice, do thou keep, so wait thou for thy God, continually.


Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.

World English Bible

Therefore turn to your God. Keep kindness and justice, and wait continually for your God.

Youngs Literal Translation

And thou, through thy God, dost turn, Kindness and judgment keep thou, And wait on thy God continually.


Root Form
Usage: 1058

thou to thy God
Usage: 2600

Usage: 468

and judgment
Usage: 421

and wait
Usage: 49

on thy God
Usage: 2600



Images Hosea 12:6

Context Readings

God's Case Against Jacob's Heirs

5 Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his memorial name. 6 Therefore turn you to your God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on your God continually. 7 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loves to oppress.

Cross References

Micah 6:8

He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Hosea 14:1

O Israel, return unto the LORD your God; for you have fallen because of your iniquity.

Joel 2:13

And tear your hearts, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and relents from sending calamity.

Genesis 49:18

I have waited for your salvation, O LORD.

Psalm 27:14

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 37:7

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.

Psalm 123:2

Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until he has mercy upon us.

Psalm 130:5-7

I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in his word do I hope.

Proverbs 1:23

Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

Proverbs 21:3

To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Isaiah 1:16

Wash you, make yourself clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil;

Isaiah 8:17

And I will wait upon the LORD, that hides his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him.

Isaiah 30:18

And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of justice: blessed are all they that wait for him.

Isaiah 31:6

Turn unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted.

Isaiah 40:31

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 55:6-7

Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you upon him while he is near:

Isaiah 58:6

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?

Jeremiah 3:14-22

Turn, O backsliding children, says the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one from a city, and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion:

Jeremiah 22:15

Shall you reign, because you enclose yourself in cedar? did not your father eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness, and then it was well with him?

Lamentations 3:25-26

The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.

Lamentations 3:39-41

Why does a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?

Hosea 4:1

Hear the word of the LORD, you children of Israel: for the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land: Because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

Hosea 6:1-3

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

Hosea 10:12

Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he comes and rains righteousness upon you.

Amos 5:24

But let justice run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

Micah 7:7

Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

Habakkuk 2:3

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not delay.

Zephaniah 3:8

Therefore wait upon me, says the LORD, until the day that I rise up for plunder: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them my indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

Zechariah 1:3

Therefore say you unto them, Thus says the LORD of hosts; Turn you unto me, says the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, says the LORD of hosts.

Zechariah 7:9

Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassion every man to his brother:

Zechariah 8:16

These are the things that you shall do; Speak you every man the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:

Acts 2:38

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 26:20

But showed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the country of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.

James 1:27

Pure religion and undefiled before God the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

James 2:13

For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy triumphs over judgment.

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