Hosea 13

Ephraim’s Idolatry

1 a  When Ephraim
Or spoke with trembling
spoke, there was trembling.
He c  exalted himself in Israel,
But through d  Baal he
Or became guilty
did wrong and died.
2And now they sin more and more,
And make for themselves f  molten images,
Idols
Or according to their own understanding
,
h  skillfully made from their silver,
All of them the i  work of craftsmen.
They say of them, “Let the
Lit sacrificers of or, (among) mankind
men who sacrifice kiss the k  calves!”
3Therefore they will be like the l  morning cloud
And like dew which
Lit goes away early
soon disappears,
Like n  chaff which is blown away from the threshing floor
And like o  smoke from a
Lit window
chimney.

4Yet I have been the q   Lord your God
Since the land of Egypt;
And you were not to know r  any god except Me,
For there is no savior s  besides Me.
5I
Or knew
,
u  cared for you in the wilderness,
v  In the land of drought.
6As they had their pasture, they became w  satisfied,
And being satisfied, their x  heart became proud;
Therefore they y  forgot Me.
7So I will be z  like a lion to them;
Like a aa  leopard I will
Or watch
lie in wait by the wayside.
8I will encounter them ac  like a bear robbed of her cubs,
And I will tear open
Lit the enclosure of their heart
their chests;
There I will also ae  devour them like a lioness,
As a wild beast would tear them.

9 It is your destruction, O Israel,
Or But in Me is your help
That you are ag  against Me, against your ah  help.
10Where now is your ai  king
That he may save you in all your cities,
And your aj  judges of whom you
Lit said
requested,
Give me a king and princes”?
11I al  gave you a king in My anger
And am  took him away in My wrath.

12The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up;
His sin is an  stored up.
13The pains of ao  childbirth come upon him;
He is ap  not a wise son,
For
Lit it is the time that he should not tarry at the breaking forth of children
it is not the time that he should ar  delay at the opening of the womb.
14Shall I as  ransom them from the
Lit hand
power of Sheol?
Shall I redeem them from death?
au  O Death, where are your thorns?
O Sheol, where is your sting?
av  Compassion will be hidden from My sight.

15Though he aw  flourishes among the
Or brothers
reeds,
An ay  east wind will come,
The wind of the  Lord coming up from the wilderness;
And his fountain will az  become dry
And his spring will be dried up;
It will ba  plunder his treasury of every precious article.
16
Ch 14:1 in Heb
Samaria will be held bc  guilty,
For she has bd  rebelled against her God.
be  They will fall by the bf  sword,
Their little ones will be bg  dashed in pieces,
And their pregnant bh  women will be ripped open.

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