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Hosea 7 (Common English Bible)

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1 When I would heal Israel, the evil acts of Ephraim are exposed, and the wicked deeds of Samaria; for they deceive and steal, a thief breaks in; a group of bandits raid outside. 2 But they don't consider within their hearts that I remember all their wickedness. Now their deeds show who they are, right in front of my face. 3 By their wickedness they make the king glad, and give joy to the officials with their lies. 4 They all act like adulterers; they are like a heated oven, whose baker doesn't need to stoke the fire, from the kneading of the dough until it is leavened. 5 On the day of our king, the officials became sick with the heat of wine; he stretched out his hand to those who mocked him. 6 They approach like a hot oven, their hearts burning. Throughout the night, their anger smolders; in the morning, it continues to burn like a flaming fire. 7 All of them are hot as an oven; they devour their rulers. All their kings have fallen; none of them call upon me. 8 Ephraim mixes himself among the people; Ephraim is like flatbread that is cooked on only one side. 9 Strangers have eaten up his strength, yet he doesn't know it; gray hairs are sprinkled here and there upon him, yet he doesn't know it. 10 Israel's pride is a witness against him; yet they don't return to the LORD their God, or seek him because of all this.

Foolishness and God’s wrath

11 Ephraim has become like a dove, silly and without common sense; they call upon Egypt; they go to Assyria. 12 As they go, I will spread my net over them; like birds in the sky, I will bring them down; I will judge them according to the report made to their assembly. 13 Doom to them, for they have strayed from me; destruction will be their lot because they have rebelled against me. I would redeem them, but they speak lies against me. 14 They don't cry to me from the heart, but they sob upon their beds; they fighta over grain and wine; they resist me. 15 It was I who gave them their strength, yet they plot evil against me. 16 They return, but not to the Most High;b they have become like a worthless bow; their officials will fall by the sword because of the rage of their tongues; in Egypt they will make fun of them.c
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