Hosea 7-9

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Hosea 7

When I would heal Israel, then is the iniquity of Ephraim uncovered, and the wickedness of Samaria; for they commit falsehood, and the thief enters in, and the troop of robbers ravages without. 2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now have their own doings beset them about; 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; they are as an oven heated by the baker; he ceases to stir the fire, from the kneading of the dough, until it is leavened. 5 On the day of our king the princes made themselves sick with the heat of wine; he stretched out his hand with scoffers. 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 devour their judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calls to me.


8 Ephraim, he mixes himself among the peoples; Ephraim is a cake not turned. 9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knows it not: yes, gray hairs are here and there upon him, and he knows it not. 10 And the pride of Israel does testify to his face: yet they have not returned to Yahweh their Elohim, nor sought him, for all this. 11 And Ephraim is like a silly dove, without understanding: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria. 12 When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the birds of the heavens; I will chastise them, as their congregation has heard. 13 Woe to them! For they have wandered from me; destruction to them! For they have trespassed against me: though I would redeem them, yet they have spoken lies against me. 14 And they have not cried to me with their heart, but they howl upon their beds: they assemble themselves for grain and new wine; they rebel against me. 15 Though I have taught and strengthened their arms, yet do they devise mischief against me. 16 They return, but not to him that is on 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.



Hosea 8

Set the trumpet to your mouth. As an eagle he comes against the house of Yahweh, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law. 2 They shall cry to me, My Elohim, we Israel know you. 3 Israel has cast off that which is good: the enemy shall pursue him. 4 They have set up kings, but not by me; they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off. 5 He has cast off your calf, O Samaria; my anger is kindled against them: how long will it be before they attain to innocency? 6 For from Israel is even this; the workman made it, and it is no Elohim; yes, the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces. 7 For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: he has no standing grain; the blade shall yield no meal; if it does yield, strangers shall swallow it up.


8 Israel is swallowed up: now are they among the nations as a vessel in which none delights. 9 For they have gone up to Assyria, like a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim has hired lovers. 10 Yes, though they hire among the nations, now will I gather them; and they begin to be diminished by reason of the burden of the king of princes.


11 Because Ephraim has multiplied altars for sinning, altars have been to him for sinning.

12 I wrote for him the ten thousand things of my law; but they are counted as a strange thing. 13 As for the sacrifices of my offerings, they sacrifice flesh and eat it; but Yahweh accepts them not: now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins; they shall return to Egypt. 14 For Israel has forgotten his Maker, and built palaces; and Judah has multiplied fortified cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the castles of it.



Hosea 9

Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, like the peoples: for you have played the harlot, departing from your Elohim; you have loved hire upon every grain-floor. 2 The threshing-floor and the wine-press shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail her. 3 They shall not dwell in Yahweh’s land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean food in Assyria. 4 They shall not pour out wine-offerings to Yahweh, neither shall they be pleasing to him: their sacrifices shall be to them as the bread of mourners; all that eat of it shall be polluted; for their bread shall be for their appetite; it shall not come into the house of Yahweh. 5 What will you do in the day of solemn assembly, and in the day of the feast of Yahweh? 6 For, lo, they are gone away from destruction; yet Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them; their pleasant things of silver, nettles shall possess them; thorns shall be in their tents. 7 The days of visitation -have come, the days of recompense have come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the man that has the spirit is mad, for the abundance of your iniquity, and because the enmity is great. 8 Ephraim was a watchman with my Elohim: as for the prophet, a fowler’s snare is in all his ways, and enmity in the house of his Elohim. 9 They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.


10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first-ripe in the fig-tree at its first season: but they came to Baal-peor, and consecrated themselves to the shameful thing, and became abominable like that which they loved. 11 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird: there shall be no birth, and none with child, and no conception. 12 Though they bring up their children, yet will I rob them, so that not a man shall be left: yes, woe also to them when I depart from them! 13 Ephraim, like as I have seen Tyre, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring out his children to the slayer. 14 Give them, O Yahweh: what will you give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts. 15 All their wickedness is in Gilgal; for there I hated them: because of the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of my house; I will love them no more; all their princes are revolters. 16 Ephraim is struck, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yes, though they bring forth, yet will I kill the beloved fruit of their womb. 17 My Elohim will cast them away, because they did not listen to him; and they shall be wanderers among the nations.


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