Hosea 2:7; Hosea 2:10; Hosea 4:16; Hosea 5:3; Hosea 5:7; Hosea 7:2; Hosea 8:8; Hosea 8:10; Hosea 8:13; Hosea 10:2-3; Hosea 13:2
"She will pursue her lovers, but she will not overtake them; And she will seek them, but will not find them. Then she will say, 'I will go back to my first husband, For it was better for me then than now!'
"And then I will uncover her lewdness In the sight of her lovers, And no one will rescue her out of My hand.
Since Israel is stubborn Like a stubborn heifer, Can the LORD now pasture them Like a lamb in a large field?
I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from Me; For now, O Ephraim, you have played the harlot, Israel has defiled itself.
They have dealt treacherously against the LORD , For they have borne illegitimate children. Now the new moon will devour them with their land.
And they do not consider in their hearts That I remember all their wickedness. Now their deeds are all around them; They are before My face.
Israel is swallowed up; They are now among the nations Like a vessel in which no one delights.
Even though they hire allies among the nations, Now I will gather them up; And they will begin to diminish Because of the burden of the king of princes.
As for My sacrificial gifts, They sacrifice the flesh and eat it, But the LORD has taken no delight in them. Now He will remember their iniquity, And punish them for their sins; They will return to Egypt.
Their heart is faithless; Now they must bear their guilt. The LORD will break down their altars And destroy their sacred pillars.
Surely now they will say, "We have no king, For we do not revere the LORD . As for the king, what can he do for us?"
And now they sin more and more, And make for themselves molten images, Idols skillfully made from their silver, All of them the work of craftsmen. They say of them, "Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves!"