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Hosea 13:1-16

13  “When E′phra·im spoke, there was trembling; he himself carried [weight] in Israel.+ But he proceeded to become guilty in regard to Ba′al+ and die.+  And now they commit additional sin and make for themselves a molten statue from their silver,+ idols according to their own understanding,+ the work of craftsmen, all of it.+ To them they are saying, ‘Let the sacrificers who are men* kiss mere calves.’+  Therefore they will become like the clouds of morning+ and like the dew that early goes away; like chaff that is stormed away from the threshing floor+ and like smoke from the [roof] hole.  “But I am Jehovah your God* from the land of Egypt,+ and there was no God except me that you used to know; and there was no savior but I.+  I myself knew you in the wilderness,+ in the land of fevers.*+  According to their pasturage they also came to be satisfied.+ They became satisfied and their heart began to be exalted.+ That is why they forgot me.+  And I shall become to them like a young lion.+ Like a leopard by [the] way I shall keep looking.+  I shall encounter them like a bear that has lost its cubs,+ and I shall rip apart the enclosure of their heart. And I shall devour them there like a lion;+ a wild beast of the field itself will tear them to pieces.+  It will certainly bring you to ruin,+ O Israel, because it was against me, against your helper.+ 10  “Where, then, is your king, that he may save you in all your cities,+ and your judges, [concerning] whom you said, ‘Do give me a king and princes’?+ 11  I proceeded to give you a king in my anger,+ and I shall take [him] away in my fury.+ 12  “The error of E′phra·im is wrapped up, his sin is treasured up.+ 13  The labor pangs of a woman giving birth are what will come to him.+ He is a son not wise,+ for in season he will not stand still at the breaking forth of sons [from the womb].+ 14  “From the hand of She′ol* I shall redeem them;+ from death* I shall recover them.*+ Where are your stings, O Death?+ Where is your destructiveness, O She′ol?*+ Compassion itself will be concealed from my eyes.+ 15  “In case he himself as the son of reed plants should show fruitfulness,+ an east wind, the wind* of Jehovah, will come.+ From a wilderness it is coming up, and it will dry up his well and drain his spring.+ That one will pillage the treasure of all desirable articles.+ 16  “Sa·mar′i·a will be held guilty,+ for she is actually rebellious against her God.*+ By the sword they will fall.+ Their own children will be dashed to pieces,+ and their pregnant women themselves will be ripped up.”+


Lit., “sacrificers of earthling man [Heb., ʼa·dham′].”
“Your God.” Heb., ʼElo·hey′kha.
Or, “droughts.”
“Sheol.” Heb., sheʼohl′; Gr., hai′dou; Lat., mor′tis, “death.” See App 4B.
“From death.” Heb., mim·ma′weth; Gr., ek tha·na′tou; Lat., de mor′te.
Or, “I shall repurchase them.” Heb., ʼegh·ʼa·lem′.
“O Sheol.” Heb., sheʼohl′; Gr., hai′de; Lat., in·fer′ne.
“Wind.” Heb., ru′ach; Lat., ven′tum. See Ge 1:2 ftn, “Force.”
“Against her God.” Heb., bEʼ·lo·hey′ha.