Hosea 13

1According to the word of Ephraim he adopted ordinances for himself in Israel; and he established them for Baal, and died. 2And now they have sinned increasingly, and have made for themselves a molten image of their silver, according to the fashion of idols, the work of artificers accomplished for them. they say, Sacrifice men, for the calves have come to an end. 3Therefore shall they be as a morning cloud, and as the early dew that passes away, as chaff blown away from the threshing floor, and as a vapor from tears. 4But I am the Lord your God that establishes the heavens, and creates the earth, whose hands have framed the whole host of heaven. But I showed them not to you, that you should go after them; and I brought you up out of the land of Egypt, and you shall know no God but Me; and there is no Saviour beside Me. 5I tended to you as a shepherd in the wilderness, in an uninhabited land. 6According to their pastures, so they were completely filled; and their hearts were exalted; therefore they forgot Me. 7And I will be to them as a panther, and as a leopard. 8I will meet them by the way of the Assyrians, as a female bear excited, and I will tear open their rib cage, and the lions' cubs in the thicket shall devour them there; the wild beasts of the field shall tear them to pieces. 9O Israel, who will aid you in your destruction? 10Where is this your king? Let him even save you in all your cities. Let him judge you, of whom you said, Give me a king and a prince. 11And I gave you a king in My anger, and kept him back in My wrath. 12Ephraim has framed a conspiracy of unrighteousness; his sin is hidden. 13Pains as of a woman in travail shall come upon him: he is your wise son, because he shall not stay in the destruction of your children. 14I will deliver them out of the power of Hades, and will redeem them from death. O death, where is your punishment? O Hades, where is your sting? Comfort is hidden from My eyes. 15Though he will cause a division among his brothers, the Lord shall bring upon him an east wind from the desert, and shall dry up his veins and quite drain his fountains. He shall dry up his land, and spoil all his precious vessels. 16Samaria shall be utterly destroyed, for she has resisted her God; they shall fall by the sword, and their sucklings shall be dashed against the ground, and their women and children ripped up.
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