Hosea 71 When I have healed Israel, then shall the iniquity of Ephraim be revealed, and the wickedness of Samaria; for they have wrought falsehood. And a thief shall come in to him, even a robber spoiling in his way; 2 that they may concert together as men singing in their heart. I remember all their wickedness; now have their own counsels compassed them about; they came before My face. 3 They gladdened kings with their wickedness, and princes with their lies. 4 They are all adulterers, as an oven glowing with flame for hot baking, on account of the kneading of the dough, until it is leavened. 5 In the days of our kings, the princes began to be inflamed with wine: he stretched out his hand with pestilent fellows. 6 Wherefore their hearts are inflamed as an oven, while they rage all the night. Ephraim is satisfied with sleep; the morning has come; he is burnt up as a flame of fire. 7 They are all heated like an oven, and have devoured their judges. All their kings are fallen; there was not one among them that called on Me. 8 Ephraim is mixed among his people; Ephraim became a cake not turned. 9 Strangers devoured his strength, and he knew it not; and gray hairs came upon him, and he knew it not. 10 And the pride of Israel shall be brought down before his face: yet they have not returned to the Lord their God, neither have they diligently sought Him for all this. 11 And Ephraim was as a silly dove, not having a heart: he called to Egypt, and they went to the Assyrians. 12 Whenever they shall go, I will cast My net upon them; I will bring them down as the birds of the sky, I will chasten them with the rumor of their coming affliction. 13 Woe to them! For they have started aside from Me: they are cowards; for they have sinned against Me: yet I redeemed them, but they spoke falsehoods against Me. 14 And their hearts did not cry to Me, but they howled on their beds: they pined for oil and wine. 15 They were instructed by Me, and I strengthened their arms; and they devised evils against Me. 16 They turned aside to that which is not, they became as a bent bow. Their princes shall fall by the sword, by reason of the unbridled state of their tongue. This is their setting at nought in the land of Egypt.
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