Hos 6:4-5 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away. Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth, and my judgment goes forth as the light.
God’s nature is unchanging. His faithfulness is absolute and forever. His love never changes. The rhetorical questions here, on the heels of Hosea’s great call to repentance, poetically illustrate divine frustration with fickle human love. Because they could not find it in them to remain faithful to God, prophets were sent to issue God’s judgment. Just as God spoke the universe into existence, so also His words spoke judgment as sure as the morning sun.