Oséias 7

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 but they do not realize that I remember all their evil deeds. ¶ Their sins engulf them; ¶ they are always before me.

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

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 day of the festival of our king the princes become inflamed with wine, ¶ and he joins hands with the mockers.

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 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 mixes with the nations; ¶ Ephraim is a flat loaf not turned over.

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

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 like a dove, ¶ easily deceived and senseless — ¶ now calling to Egypt, ¶ now turning to Assyria.

12 When they go, I will throw my net over them; I will pull them down like the birds in the sky. ¶ When I hear them flocking together, ¶ I will catch them.

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 about me falsely.

14 They do not cry out to me from their hearts but wail on their beds. ¶ They slash themselves, [^1] appealing to their gods ¶ for grain and new wine, ¶ but they turn away from me.

15 I trained them and strengthened their arms, but they plot evil against me.

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.

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