1 #3when I would heal Israel, the corruption of Ephraim is revealed, and the wicked deeds of Samaria; for they deal falsely, the thief breaks in, and the bandits raid outside.
2 But they do not consider that I remember all their wickedness. Now their deeds surround them, they are before my face.
3 By their wickedness they make the king glad, and the officials by their treachery.
4 They are all adulterers; they are like a heated oven, whose baker does not need to stir 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 with mockers.
6 For they are kindled like an oven, their heart burns within them; all night their anger smolders; in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.

References for Hosea 7:6

    • a 7:6 - Gk Syr: Heb [brought near]
      7 All of them are hot as an oven, and they devour their rulers. All their kings have fallen; none of them calls upon me.
      8 Ephraim mixes himself with the peoples; Ephraim is a cake not turned.
      9 Foreigners devour his strength, but he does not know it; gray hairs are sprinkled upon him, but he does not know it.
      10 Israel's pride testifies against him; yet they do not return to the Lord their God, or seek him, for all this.

      References for Hosea 7:10

        • b 7:10 - Or [humbles]
          11 Ephraim has become like a dove, silly and without sense; they call upon Egypt, they go to Assyria.
          12 As they go, I will cast my net over them; I will bring them down like birds of the air; I will discipline them according to the report made to their assembly.

          References for Hosea 7:12

            • c 7:12 - Meaning of Heb uncertain
              13 Woe to them, for they have strayed from me! Destruction to them, for they have rebelled against me! I would redeem them, but they speak lies against me.
              14 They do not cry to me from the heart, but they wail upon their beds; they gash themselves for grain and wine; they rebel against me.
              15 It was I who trained and strengthened their arms, yet they plot evil against me.
              16 They turn to that which does not profit; they have become like a defective bow; their officials shall fall by the sword because of the rage of their tongue. So much for their babbling in the land of Egypt.

              References for Hosea 7:16

                • d 7:16 - Cn: Meaning of Heb uncertain