The days of (A)punishment have come,
The days of (B)retribution have come;
[a]Let Israel know this!
The prophet is a (C)fool,
The [b]inspired person is (D)insane,
Because of the grossness of your (E)wrongdoing,
And because your [c]hostility is so great.
Ephraim was a watchman with my God, a prophet;
Yet the snare of a bird catcher is in all his ways,
And there is only [d]hostility in the house of his God.

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  1. Hosea 9:7 Or Israel will know this
  2. Hosea 9:7 Lit man of the spirit
  3. Hosea 9:7 Or persecution
  4. Hosea 9:8 Or persecution

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