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Hosea: Chapter 13

Ephraim's glory vanishes, 1-3. God's anger, 4-8. God's mercy, 9-14. The judgment of Samaria, 15, 16.

1 "When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling. He exalted himself in Israel. But when he offended in Baal, he died.

2 And now they sin more and more, and have made for themselves molten images of their silver and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of craftsmen. They say of them, 'Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves.'

3 Therefore, they shall be as the morning cloud and as the early dew that passes away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind from the floor and as the smoke from the smoke-chamber.

4 Yet I am the LORD your God from the land of Egypt, and you shall know no God but me, for there is no savior besides me.

5 I knew you in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.

6 According to their pasture, so they were filled. They were filled and their heart was exalted; therefore, they have forgotten me.

7 Therefore, I will be to them as a lion. As a leopard by the way I will observe them.

8 I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps and will rend the enclosure of their heart. And there I will devour them like a lion. The wild beast shall tear them.

9 O Israel, you have destroyed yourself, but your help is in me.

10 I will be your king. Where is any other who may save you in all your cities, and your judges of whom you said, 'Give me a king and princes'?

11 I gave you a king in my anger and took him away in my wrath.

12 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up. His sin is hid.

13 The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him. He is an unwise son, for he should not stay long in the place of the breaking forth of children.

14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave. I will redeem them from death. O death, I will be your plagues. O grave, I will be your destruction. Repentance shall be hid from my eyes.

15 Though he is fruitful among his brothers, an east wind shall come, the wind of the LORD shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry and his fountain shall be dried up. He shall pillage the treasure of all pleasant vessels.

16 Samaria shall become desolate, for she has rebelled against her God. They shall fall by the sword. Their infants shall be dashed in pieces and their women with child shall be ripped up."