Infidelity despite divine goodness

1 When Ephraim spoke, there was excitement; he was praised in Israel; but he became guilty through Baal and died.

References for Hosea 13:1

      2 And now they keep on sinning; they have made metal images, idols of silver, as a result of their skill, all of them the work of craftsmen. "Sacrifice to these," they say. People are kissing calves!
      3 Therefore, they will be like the morning mist, like the dew that passes away early, like husks that swirl from the threshing floor, or like smoke from a window.
      4 Yet I have been the LORD your God ever since the land of Egypt; and you will know no other gods but me; there is no savior besides me.
      5 I knew you in the wilderness, in the land of no rain.
      6 When I fed them, they were satisfied; and their hearts became proud; therefore, they forgot me.

      Consequences of infidelity

      7 So I will become like a lion to them; like a leopard I will lurk beside the road.

      References for Hosea 13:7

          8 I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs, and I will tear open the covering of their hearts. I will devour them like a lion, as a wild animal would eat them.
          9 I will destroy you, Israel; for you didn't realize that I could help you.
          10 Where is your king now, so that he can save you? Where in all your cities are your judges, of whom you said, "Give me a king and rulers"?
          11 I gave you a king in my anger, and I took him away in my wrath.
          12 Ephraim's wickedness is bound up; his sin is kept in store.
          13 The pangs of a woman in childbirth come for him, but he is not aware of the time to be born; for at the proper time he doesn't present himself at the mouth of the womb.
          14 Will I ransom them from the power of the grave Will I redeem them from death's hold? Death, where are your diseases? Grave, where is your destruction? Compassion is hidden from my eyes.

          References for Hosea 13:14

            • a 13:14 - Heb <i>Sheol</i>
            • b 13:14 - Heb <i>Sheol</i>
              15 Although he may flourish among rushes, the east wind will come— the breath of God rising from the wilderness; and his spring will dry up; his fountain will be dried up. It will strip his household of every cherished possession.
              16 Samaria will be desolate, because she has rebelled against her God; by the sword they will fall— their babies will be dashed, and their pregnant women ripped open.

              References for Hosea 13:16