Hosea 7



1 When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was revealed, and the evils of Samaria; for they work falsely; and the thief comes·​·in, and the troop attacks outside.

2 And they say not in their hearts that I remember all their evil; now their own actions have turned· them ·around; they are in·​·front·​·of My face.

3 They make· the king ·glad with their evil, and princes with their denials.

4 All of them are adulterers, like a burning oven of the baker, who ceases from stirring, from kneading the dough until it be leavened.

5 In the day of our king the princes have become sick with the fury from wine; he drew forth his hand with scorners.

6 For they have offered their heart as an oven, while they set·​·an·​·ambush; their baker is sleeping all the night; in the morning it burns as a flaming fire.

7 All of them are· as ·hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen; there is none among them that calls unto Me.

8 Ephraim, he has mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.

9 Strangers have devoured his power, and he knows it not; yes, gray·​·hairs are sprinkled on him, and he knows it not.

10 And the pride of Israel answers to his face; and they do not return to Jehovah their God, nor seek Him in all this.

11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart; they call·​·to Egypt, they go to Assyria.

12 As they shall go, I will spread My net upon them; I will bring· them ·down as the fowls of the heavens; I will chastise them, at the hearing of their congregation.

13 Woe to them! for they have fled·​·away from Me; devastation for them! for they have transgressed against Me: and I have redeemed them, and they have spoken lies against Me.

14 And they have not cried to Me with their heart, when they howled on their beds; they league·​·together on grain and must*, they turn·​·aside against Me.

15 And I have chastened them and made· their arms ·firm, and they think evil toward Me.

16 They return, but not above; they become as a deceitful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword from the indignation of their tongue: this shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.

Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.