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Hosea: Chapter 7

A reproof of manifold sins, 1-10. God's wrath against them for their hypocrisy, 11-16.

1 "When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim and the wickedness of Samaria was disclosed, for they commit falsehood. And the thief comes in, and the troop of robbers strips outside.

2 And they do not consider in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness. Now their own doings have beset them around. They are before my face.

3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.

4 They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker who ceases to stir the fire from the kneading of the dough until it is leavened.

5 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of wine. He stretched out his hand with scorners.

6 For they have made ready their heart like an oven while they lie in wait. Their baker sleeps all the night. In the morning it burns as a flaming fire.

7 They are all hot as an oven and have devoured their judges. All their kings have fallen. There is no one among them who calls to me.

8 Ephraim, he has mixed himself among the people. Ephraim is a cake not turned.

9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he does not know it. Even gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he does not know.

10 And the pride of Israel testifies to his face. And they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this.

11 Ephraim is also like a silly dove without heart. They call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.

12 When they go, I will spread my net upon them. I will bring them down as the birds of the heaven. I will chastise them, as their congregation has heard.

13 Woe to them! For they have fled from me. Destruction to them! For they have transgressed against me. Though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me.

14 And they have not cried to me with their heart when they howled upon their beds. They assemble themselves for corn and wine and they rebel against me.

15 Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet they devise mischief against me.

16 They return, but not to the most High. They are like a deceitful bow. Their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue. This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt."