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When I (A)would heal Israel,
Then the iniquity of Ephraim is uncovered,
And the evil deeds of Samaria,
For they work (B)falsehood;
The thief enters in;
(C)Raiders [a]ransack outside,
And they do not say to their hearts
That I (D)remember all their evil.
Now their (E)deeds are all around them;
They are before My face.
(F)With their evil they make the (G)king glad,
And the princes with their (H)deceptions.
They are (I)all adulterers,
Like an oven heated by the baker
Who ceases to stir up the fire
From the kneading of the dough until it is leavened.
On the [b]day of our king, the princes (J)became sick with the heat of wine;
He stretched out his hand with (K)scoffers,
For their hearts are like an (L)oven
As they draw near in their [c]plotting;
Their [d]anger [e]smolders all night;
In the morning it burns like a flaming fire.
All of them are hot like an oven,
And they devour their (M)judges;
All their kings have fallen.
(N)None of them calls on Me.

Ephraim (O)mixes himself with the peoples;
Ephraim has become a cake not turned.
(P)Strangers devour his power,
Yet he (Q)does not know it;
Gray hairs also are sprinkled on him,
Yet he does not know it.
10 So the (R)pride of Israel answers against him,
Yet (S)they have not returned to Yahweh their God,
Nor have they sought Him, for all this.
11 So (T)Ephraim has become like a silly dove, (U)without a heart of wisdom;
They call to (V)Egypt; they go to (W)Assyria.
12 When they go, I will (X)spread My net over them;
I will bring them down like the birds of the sky.
I will (Y)chastise them in accordance with the report to their congregation.
13 (Z)Woe to them, for they have (AA)fled from Me!
Destruction is theirs, for they have transgressed against Me!
And I (AB)would redeem them, but they speak lies against Me.
14 And (AC)they do not cry out to Me in their heart
When they wail on their beds;
For the sake of grain and new wine they [f](AD)gather together as sojourners;
They (AE)depart from Me.
15 Although I disciplined and strengthened their arms,
Yet they (AF)devise evil against Me.
16 They turn, but not [g]upward;
They are like a (AG)deceitful bow;
Their princes will fall by the sword
Because of the [h](AH)indignation of their tongue.
This will be their (AI)scoffing in the land of Egypt.


  1. Hosea 7:1 Lit strip
  2. Hosea 7:5 A festive occasion
  3. Hosea 7:6 Lit ambush
  4. Hosea 7:6 As in some ancient versions; M.T. baker
  5. Hosea 7:6 Lit sleeps
  6. Hosea 7:14 Gr and many ancient mss gash themselves
  7. Hosea 7:16 Or possibly to the Most High
  8. Hosea 7:16 Or cursing