Hosea 7:1-16

  • Ephraim’s wickedness described (1-16)

    • No escape from God’s net (12)

7  “At the time when I would heal Israel,The error of Eʹphra·im is also exposed,+And the wickedness of Sa·marʹi·a.+ For they practice deception;+Thieves break in and marauder bands raid outside.+   But they do not say in their heart that I will remember all their wickedness.+ Now their dealings are all around them;They are right in front of my face.   They make the king rejoice by their wickedness,And princes by their deceit.   All of them are adulterers,Burning like an oven fired by a baker,Who stops stirring the fire after kneading the dough until it is leavened.   On the day of our king, princes have become sick—They are enraged because of wine.+ He has reached out his hand to ridiculers.   For they approach with hearts burning like an oven.* All night long the baker sleeps;In the morning the oven blazes like a flaming fire.   All of them are hot like an oven,And they devour their rulers.* All their kings have fallen;+No one among them calls out to me.+   Eʹphra·im mixes with the nations.+ Eʹphra·im is like a round cake left unturned.   Strangers have consumed his strength,+ but he does not know it. And his gray hairs have turned white, but he does not notice it. 10  The pride of Israel has testified against him,+But they have not returned to Jehovah their God,+Nor have they looked for him despite all of this. 11  Eʹphra·im is like a simpleminded dove, lacking good sense.*+ They have called out to Egypt;+ they have gone to As·syrʹi·a.+ 12  Wherever they go, I will spread my net over them. I will bring them down like the birds of the heavens. I will discipline them according to the warning given to their assembly.+ 13  Woe to them, for they have fled from me! Devastation to them, for they have transgressed against me! I was ready to redeem them, but they have spoken lies against me.+ 14  From their heart they did not call to me for help,+Although they kept wailing on their beds. For their grain and new wine they would slash themselves;They turn against me. 15  Although I disciplined them and strengthened their arms,They are against me, scheming what is bad. 16  They changed course, but not to anything loftier;*They were as unreliable as a loose bow.+ Their princes will fall by the sword because of their defiant tongues. For this they will be an object of ridicule in the land of Egypt.”+


Or possibly, “For their hearts are like an oven as they approach with their intrigues.”
Lit., “judges.”
Lit., “without heart.”
That is, not to an elevated form of worship.