There is a theological tension.
A tension within God during the OT covenant times!
We see in the Prophetic writings, an inner turmoil of God.
You see, God is compelled by his nature, both to judge sin and to save his beloved people.
It is an illogicality in theology!
God desires judgment with an intention to save!
He has an agony of decision, we see this in Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and other prophets.
His own nature he demands judgment yet he will not judge because his is holy. He is love.
The resolution of this is the cross of Jesus Christ.
Where the Judge is judged.
“I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man.”—Hosea 11:9.
Hos 6:6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
Hos 6:7 Like Adam, they have broken the covenant– they were unfaithful to me there.
Matthew 9:12-14: “But go and learn what this means: `I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”