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Hosea 7 (Revised Standard Version)

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1 when I would heal Israel, the corruption of E'phraim is revealed, and the wicked deeds of Sama'ria; for they deal falsely, the thief breaks in, and the bandits raid without. 2 But they do not consider that I remember all their evil works. Now their deeds encompass them, they are before my face. 3 By their wickedness they make the king glad, and the princes by their treachery. 4 They are all adulterers; they are like a heated oven, whose baker ceases to stir the fire, from the kneading of the dough until it is leavened. 5 On the day of our king the princes became sick with the heat of wine; he stretched out his hand with mockers. 6 For like an oven their hearts burn with intrigue; all night their anger smolders; in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire. 7 All of them are hot as an oven, and they devour their rulers. All their kings have fallen; and none of them calls upon me. 8 E'phraim mixes himself with the peoples; E'phraim is a cake not turned. 9 Aliens devour his strength, and he knows it not; gray hairs are sprinkled upon him, and he knows it not. 10 The pride of Israel witnesses against him; yet they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him, for all this. 11 E'phraim is like a dove, silly and without sense, calling to Egypt, going to Assyria. 12 As they go, I will spread over them my net; I will bring them down like birds of the air; I will chastise them for their wicked deeds. 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; for grain and wine they gash themselves, they rebel against me. 15 Although I trained and strengthened their arms, yet they devise evil against me. 16 They turn to Ba'al; they are like a treacherous bow, their princes shall fall by the sword because of the insolence of their tongue. This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
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