Hosea 7 English Standard Version

Israel's Iniquity and Rebellion

7 1  When I would heal Israel, the iniquity of Ephraim is revealed, and the evil deeds of Samaria; for they deal falsely; the thief breaks in, and the bandits raid outside. 2  But they do not consider that I remember all their evil. Now their deeds surround them; they are before my face. 3  By their evil they make the king glad, and the princes by their treachery. 4  They are all adulterers; they are like a heated oven whose baker ceases to stir the fire, from the kneading of the dough until it is leavened. 5  On the day of our king, the princes became sick with the heat of wine; he stretched out his hand with mockers. 6  For with hearts like an oven they approach their intrigue; all night their anger smolders; in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire. 7  All of them are hot as an oven, and they devour their rulers. All their kings have fallen, and none of them calls upon me.

8  Ephraim mixes himself with the peoples; Ephraim is a cake not turned. 9  Strangers devour his strength, and he knows it not; gray hairs are sprinkled upon him, and he knows it not. 10  The pride of Israel testifies to his face;[1] yet they do not return to the Lord their God, nor seek him, for all this. 11  Ephraim is like a dove, silly and without sense, calling to Egypt, going to Assyria. 12  As they go, I will spread over them my net; I will bring them down like birds of the heavens; I will discipline them according to the report made to their congregation. 13  Woe to them, for they have strayed from me! Destruction to them, for they have rebelled against me! I would redeem them, but they speak lies against me. 14  They do not cry to me from the heart, but they wail upon their beds; for grain and wine they gash themselves; they rebel against me. 15  Although I trained and strengthened their arms, yet they devise evil against me. 16  They return, but not upward;[2] they are like a treacherous bow; their princes shall fall by the sword because of the insolence of their tongue. This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.


Footnotes

[1] 7:10 Or in his presence

[2] 7:16 Or to the Most High

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