Hosea 7

1

When I would heal Israel, the iniquity of Ephraim is revealed, and the evil deeds of Samaria; for they deal falsely; the thief breaks in, and the bandits raid outside.

2

But they do not consider that I remember all their evil. Now their deeds surround them; they are before my face.

3

By their evil they make the king glad, and the princes by their treachery.

4

They are all adulterers; they are like a heated oven whose baker ceases to stir the fire, from the kneading of the dough until it is leavened.

5

On the day of our king, the princes became sick with the heat of wine; he stretched out his hand with mockers.

6

For with hearts like an oven they approach their intrigue; all night their anger smolders; in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.

7

All of them are hot as an oven, and they devour their rulers. All their kings have fallen, and none of them calls upon me.

8

Ephraim mixes himself with the peoples; Ephraim is a cake not turned.

9

Strangers devour his strength, and he knows it not; gray hairs are sprinkled upon him, and he knows it not.

10

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

11

Ephraim is like a dove, silly and without sense, calling to Egypt, going to Assyria.

12

As they go, I will spread over them my net; I will bring them down like birds of the heavens; I will discipline them according to the report made to their congregation.

13

Woe to them, for they have strayed from me! Destruction to them, for they have rebelled against me! I would redeem them, but they speak lies against me.

14

They do not cry to me from the heart, but they wail upon their beds; for grain and wine they gash themselves; they rebel against me.

15

Although I trained and strengthened their arms, yet they devise evil against me.

16

They return, but not upwards; they are like a treacherous bow; their princes shall fall by the sword because of the insolence of their tongue. This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.