Hosea 7:1-7 New International Version

Israel's Iniquity and Rebellion

7 1  whenever I would heal Israel, the sins of Ephraim are exposed and the crimes of Samaria revealed. They practice deceit, thieves break into houses, bandits rob in the streets; 2  but they do not realize that I remember all their evil deeds. Their sins engulf them; they are always before me. 3  "They delight the king with their wickedness, the princes with their lies. 4  They are all adulterers, burning like an oven whose fire the baker need not stir from the kneading of the dough till it rises. 5  On the day of the festival of our king the princes become inflamed with wine, and he joins hands with the mockers. 6  Their hearts are like an oven; they approach him with intrigue. Their passion smolders all night; in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire. 7  All of them are hot as an oven; they devour their rulers. All their kings fall, and none of them calls on me.


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