Hosea 7

1 a  When I would heal Israel,
the iniquity of Ephraim is revealed,
and the evil deeds of b  Samaria;
for c  they deal falsely;
the thief breaks in,
and the bandits raid outside.
2But they do not consider
that d  I remember all their evil.
Now e  their deeds surround them;
f  they are before my face.
3By their evil g  they make h  the king glad,
and the princes by their treachery.
4 i  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.
5On the day of j  our king, the princes
became sick with the heat of wine;
he stretched out his hand with mockers.
6For with hearts like an oven k  they approach their intrigue;
all night their anger smolders;
in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.
7All of them are hot as an oven,
and they devour their rulers.
All l  their kings m  have fallen,
and none of them calls upon me.
8 Ephraim n  mixes himself with the peoples;
Ephraim is a cake not turned.
9 o  Strangers devour his strength,
and p  he knows it not;
gray hairs are sprinkled upon him,
and q  he knows it not.
10 r  The pride of Israel testifies to his face;
Or in his presence

t  yet they do not return to the  Lord their God,
nor seek him, for all this.
11 Ephraim is like a dove,
u  silly and without sense,
calling to v  Egypt, going to w  Assyria.
12As they go x  I will spread over them my net;
I will bring them down like birds of the heavens;
y  I will discipline them z  according to the report made to their congregation.
13 aa  Woe to them, for they have strayed from me!
Destruction to them, for they have rebelled against me!
ab  I would redeem them,
but ac  they speak lies against me.
14 ad  They do not cry to me from the heart,
but ae  they wail upon their beds;
for grain and wine they gash themselves;
they rebel against me.
15Although af  I trained and strengthened their arms,
yet they devise evil against me.
16They ag  return, but not upward;
Or to the Most High

they are ai  like a treacherous bow;
their princes shall fall by the sword
because of aj  the insolence of their tongue.
This shall be their derision ak  in the land of Egypt.
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