Hosea 7

1%VerseAppearsInRawTextButIsEmpty% when I heal Israel, a

the sins of Ephraim b and the crimes of Samaria c
will be exposed.
For they practice fraud; d
a thief breaks in;
a raiding party pillages outside. e
2 But they never consider that I remember all their evil. f
Now their sins are all around them; g
they are right in front of My face.

Israel’s Corruption

3 They please the king with their evil, h
the princes with their lies. i
4 All of them commit adultery; j
they are like an oven heated by a baker
who stops stirring the fire
from the kneading of the dough until it is leavened.
5 On the day of our king,
the princes are sick with the heat of wine k
there is a conspiracy with traitors.
Lit wine – he stretches out his hand to scorners; Hb obscure

6 For they – their hearts like an oven
draw him into their oven.
Their anger smolders all night;
in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.
7 All of them are as hot as an oven, m
and they consume their rulers. n
All their kings fall;
not one of them calls on Me.
These vv. may refer to a king’s assassination; Hb obscure.

8 Ephraim has allowed himself to get mixed up with the nations.
Ephraim is unturned bread baked on a griddle.
9 Foreigners consume his strength, p
but he does not notice. q
Even his hair is streaked with gray,
but he does not notice.
10 Israel’s arrogance testifies against them,
Lit against his face
yet they do not return to
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
Yahweh their God, u
and for all this, they do not seek Him.

11 So Ephraim has become like a silly, senseless dove; v
they call to Egypt, w and they go to Assyria. x
12 As they are going, I will spread My net over them; y
I will bring them down like birds of the sky.
I will discipline them in accordance
with the news that reaches
Lit news to
their assembly.

The Lord’s Second Lament

13 Woe to them, aa for they fled from Me; ab
destruction to them, for they rebelled against Me!
Though I want to redeem them, ac
they speak lies against Me.
14 They do not cry to Me from their hearts;
rather, they wail on their beds.
They slash themselves
Some Hb mss, LXX; other Hb mss read They stay
ae for grain and new wine; af
they turn away from Me.
15 I trained and strengthened their arms, ag
but they plot evil against Me. ah
16 They turn, but not to what is above;
Some emend to turn to what is useless

they are like a faulty bow. aj
Their leaders will fall by the sword
because of the cursing of their tongue. ak
They will be ridiculed for this in the land of Egypt. al
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