Hosea 7 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "Every time I gave Israel a fresh start, wiped the slate clean and got them going again, Ephraim soon filled the slate with new sins, the treachery of Samaria written out in bold print. Two-faced and double-tongued, they steal you blind, pick you clean. 1 whenever I would heal Israel, the sins of Ephraim are exposed and the crimes of Samaria revealed. They practice deceit, thieves break into houses, bandits rob in the streets;
2 It never crosses their mind that I keep account of their every crime. They're mud-spattered head to toe with the residue of sin. I see who they are and what they've done. 2 but they do not realize that I remember all their evil deeds. Their sins engulf them; they are always before me.
3 "They entertain the king with their evil circus, delight the princes with their acrobatic lies. 3 "They delight the king with their wickedness, the princes with their lies.
4 They're a bunch of overheated adulterers, like an oven that holds its heat From the kneading of the dough to the rising of the bread. 4 They are all adulterers, burning like an oven whose fire the baker need not stir from the kneading of the dough till it rises.
5 On the royal holiday the princes get drunk on wine and the frenzy of the mocking mob. 5 On the day of the festival of our king the princes become inflamed with wine, and he joins hands with the mockers.
6 They're like wood stoves, red-hot with lust. Through the night their passion is banked; in the morning it blazes up, flames hungrily licking. 6 Their hearts are like an oven; they approach him with intrigue. Their passion smolders all night; in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.
7 Murderous and volcanic, they incinerate their rulers. Their kings fall one by one, and no one pays any attention to me. 7 All of them are hot as an oven; they devour their rulers. All their kings fall, and none of them calls on me.
8 "Ephraim mingles with the pagans, dissipating himself. Ephraim is half-baked. 8 "Ephraim mixes with the nations; Ephraim is a flat cake not turned over.
9 Strangers suck him dry but he doesn't even notice. His hair has turned gray - he doesn't notice. 9 Foreigners sap his strength, but he does not realize it. His hair is sprinkled with gray, but he does not notice.
10 Bloated by arrogance, big as a house, Israel's a public disgrace. Israel lumbers along oblivious to God, despite all the signs, ignoring God. 10 Israel's arrogance testifies against him, but despite all this he does not return to the LORD his God or search for him.
11 "Ephraim is bird-brained, mindless, clueless, First chirping after Egypt, then fluttering after Assyria. 11 "Ephraim is like a dove, easily deceived and senseless-- now calling to Egypt, now turning to Assyria.
12 I'll throw my net over them. I'll clip their wings. I'll teach them to mind me! 12 When they go, I will throw my net over them; I will pull them down like birds of the air. When I hear them flocking together, I will catch them.
13 Doom! They've run away from home. Now they're really in trouble! They've defied me. And I'm supposed to help them while they feed me a line of lies? 13 Woe to them, because they have strayed from me! Destruction to them, because they have rebelled against me! I long to redeem them but they speak lies against me.
14 Instead of crying out to me in heartfelt prayer, they whoop it up in bed with their whores, Gash themselves bloody in their sex-and-religion orgies, but turn their backs on me. 14 They do not cry out to me from their hearts but wail upon their beds. They gather together for grain and new wine but turn away from me.
15 I'm the one who gave them good minds and healthy bodies, and how am I repaid? With evil scheming! 15 I trained them and strengthened them, but they plot evil against me.
16 They turn, but not to me - turn here, then there, like a weather vane. Their rulers will be cut down, murdered - just deserts for their mocking blasphemies. And the final sentence? Ridicule in the court of world opinion. 16 They do not turn to the Most High; they are like a faulty bow. Their leaders will fall by the sword because of their insolent words. For this they will be ridiculed in the land of Egypt.