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Hosea 7 Modern English Version (MEV)

When I would heal Israel,
    the iniquity of Ephraim is revealed,
    and the wickedness of Samaria.
For they deal deceitfully;
    the thief breaks in;
    the robbers raid outside,
but they did not consider in their hearts
    that I remember all their wickedness.
Now their own deeds surround them;
    they are before My face.

Corrupt and Disloyal Politics

They make the king glad with their wickedness,
    and the princes with their lies.
They are all adulterers,
    like an oven heated by a baker,
who ceases stirring the fire
    after kneading the dough until it is leavened.
On the day of our king the princes made him sick
    from the heat of wine.
    He stretched out his hand with scorners.
For they are kindled[a] like an oven.
    Their heart burns within them;[b]
their anger smolders[c] all night;
    in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.
They are all hot as an oven,
    and they devour their judges.
All their kings have fallen,
    and none of them calls to Me.

Ephraim mixes himself with the people.
    Ephraim is a cake not turned.
Foreigners devour his strength,
    but he does not know it.
Gray hairs are here and there upon him,
    but he does not know it.
10 The pride of Israel testifies against him,
    but they do not return to the Lord their God,
    nor seek Him for all this.

11 Ephraim is like a dove,
    silly and without sense;
they call to Egypt,
    they go to Assyria.
12 Wherever they go, I will spread My net over them;
    I will bring them down like the birds of the sky;
I will discipline them according to
    the report to their congregation.
13 Woe to them,
    for they have fled from Me!
Destruction to them,
    for they have rebelled against Me!
Though I would redeem them,
    yet they speak lies against Me.
14 They do not cry to Me with their heart
    when they howl on their beds.
They gather together for grain and wine,
    they rebel against Me.
15 Though I trained and strengthened their arms,
    yet they devise mischief against Me.
16 They return, but not to the Most High.
    They are like a loose bow.
Their princes will fall by the sword
    for the rage of their tongue.
This will be their derision
    in the land of Egypt.

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 7:6 Gk. Syr.: Heb. brought near.
  2. Hosea 7:6 Or while they lie in wait.
  3. Hosea 7:6 Or Their baker sleeps.
Modern English Version (MEV)

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Hosea 7 New International Version (NIV)

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

“They delight the king with their wickedness,
    the princes with their lies.
They are all adulterers,
    burning like an oven
whose fire the baker need not stir
    from the kneading of the dough till it rises.
On the day of the festival of our king
    the princes become inflamed with wine,
    and he joins hands with the mockers.
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.
All of them are hot as an oven;
    they devour their rulers.
All their kings fall,
    and none of them calls on me.

“Ephraim mixes with the nations;
    Ephraim is a flat loaf not turned over.
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,[a] 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.

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 7:14 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts They gather together
New International Version (NIV)

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