Hosea 7:1-7 (New International Version)

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1 whenever I would heal Israel, the sins of Ephraim are exposed and the crimes of Samaria revealed.1 They practice deceit,2 thieves break into houses,3 bandits rob in the streets;4 2 but they do not realize that I remember5 all their evil deeds.6 Their sins engulf them;7 they are always before me. 3 "They delight the king with their wickedness, the princes with their lies.8 4 They are all adulterers,9 burning like an oven whose fire the baker need not stir from the kneading of the dough till it rises. 5 On the day of the festival of our king the princes become inflamed with wine,10 and he joins hands with the mockers.11 6 Their hearts are like an oven;12 they approach him with intrigue. Their passion smolders all night; in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire. 7 All of them are hot as an oven; they devour their rulers. All their kings fall,13 and none of them calls14 on me.
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