Hosea 7 NIV

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

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      2 but they do not realize that I remember5 all their evil deeds.6 Their sins engulf them;7 they are always before me.

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      3 "They delight the king with their wickedness, the princes with their lies.8

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      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.

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      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

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      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.

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      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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      8 "Ephraim mixes15 with the nations; Ephraim is a flat cake not turned over.

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      9 Foreigners sap his strength,16 but he does not realize it. His hair is sprinkled with gray, but he does not notice.

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      10 Israel's arrogance testifies against him,17 but despite all this he does not return18 to the LORD his God or search19 for him.

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      11 "Ephraim is like a dove,20 easily deceived and senseless-- now calling to Egypt,21 now turning to Assyria.22

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          12 When they go, I will throw my net23 over them; I will pull them down like birds of the air. When I hear them flocking together, I will catch them.

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          13 Woe24 to them, because they have strayed25 from me! Destruction to them, because they have rebelled against me! I long to redeem them but they speak lies26 against me.27

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          14 They do not cry out to me from their hearts28 but wail upon their beds. They gather togethera for grain and new wine29 but turn away from me.30

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            • a 7:14 - Most Hebrew manuscripts; some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint "They slash themselves"
              15 I trained31 them and strengthened them, but they plot evil32 against me.

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              16 They do not turn to the Most High;33 they are like a faulty bow.34 Their leaders will fall by the sword because of their insolent35 words. For this they will be ridiculed36 in the land of Egypt.37

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