Hosea 7 ©

1 Israel reproved for manifold sins. 11 God's wrath against them for their hypocrisy.


WHEN aI would have healed Israel, then bthe iniquity of Ephraim was *discovered, and the 1wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers 2spoileth *without.


And they 3consider not in their hearts that cI remember all their wickedness: dnow their own doings have ebeset them about; they are fbefore my face.


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


hThey are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, 4who ceaseth 5from raising after he hath kneaded the dough, until it be *leavened.


In ithe day of our king the princes have made him jsick with 6bottles of wine; he kstretched out his hand with scorners.


For lthey have 7made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire.


They are all hot as an oven, mand have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: nthere is none among them that calleth unto me.


Ephraim, ohe hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is pa cake not turned.


qStrangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are 8here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.


And the rpride of Israel testifieth to his face: and sthey do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this.


¶Ephraim also is tlike a *silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.


When they shall go, uI will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I vwill chastise them, was their congregation hath heard.


xWoe unto them! for they have fled from me: 9destruction unto them! ybecause they have transgressed against me: though zI have redeemed them, yet they have spoken alies against me.


And bthey have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds: cthey assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rebel against me.


dThough I have 10bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they eimagine mischief against me.


fThey return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword for the grage of their tongue: this shall be their derision hin the land of Egypt.