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Hosea 13:1-3 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 13

The Death of Ephraim

When Ephraim spoke there was terror;
    he was exalted in Israel;[a]
    but he became guilty through Baal and died.

Now they continue to sin,
    making for themselves molten images,
Silver idols according to their skill,
    all of them the work of artisans.
“To these, offer sacrifice,” they say.
    People kiss calves![b]
Therefore, they will be like a morning cloud
    or like the dew that vanishes with the dawn,
Like chaff storm-driven from the threshing floor
    or like smoke out of the window.


  1. 13:1 Exalted in Israel: Ephraim enjoyed a privileged position in Israel (Gn 48:14–19).
  2. 13:2 Kiss calves: apparently a reference to a ritual gesture associated with the worship of Baal represented as a calf (1 Kgs 19:18).
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