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Hosea 7 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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when I heal Israel,

the iniquity of Ephraim and the crimes of Samaria

will be exposed.

For they practice fraud;

a thief breaks in;

a raiding party pillages outside.

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But they never consider that I remember all their evil.

Now their actions are all around them;

they are right in front of my face.

Israel’s Corruption
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They please the king with their evil,

the princes with their lies.

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All of them commit adultery;

they are like an oven heated by a baker

who stops stirring the fire

from the kneading of the dough until it is leavened.

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On the day of our king,

the princes are sick with the heat of wine —

there is a conspiracy with traitors.[fn]

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For they ​— ​their hearts like an oven —

draw him into their oven.

Their anger smolders all night;

in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.

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All of them are as hot as an oven,

and they consume their rulers.

All their kings fall;

not one of them calls on me.[fn]

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Ephraim has allowed himself to get mixed up with the nations.

Ephraim is unturned bread baked on a griddle.

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Foreigners consume his strength,

but he does not notice.

Even his hair is streaked with gray,

but he does not notice.

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Israel’s arrogance testifies against them,[fn]

yet they do not return to the LORD their God,

and for all this, they do not seek him.

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So Ephraim has become like a silly, senseless dove;

they call to Egypt, and they go to Assyria.

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As they are going, I will spread my net over them;

I will bring them down like birds of the sky.

I will discipline them in accordance

with the news that reaches[fn] their assembly.

The LORD’s Second Lament
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Woe to them, for they fled from me;

destruction to them, for they rebelled against me!

Though I want to redeem them,

they speak lies against me.

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They do not cry to me from their hearts;

rather, they wail on their beds.

They slash themselves[fn] for grain and new wine;

they turn away from me.

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I trained and strengthened their arms,

but they plot evil against me.

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They turn, but not to what is above;[fn]

they are like a faulty bow.

Their leaders will fall by the sword

because of their insolent tongue.

They will be ridiculed for this in the land of Egypt.

CSB Footnotes
Lit wine ​— ​he stretches out his hand to scorners ; Hb obscure
These vv. may refer to a king’s assassination; Hb obscure.
Lit against his face
Lit news to
Some Hb mss, LXX; other Hb mss read They stay
Some emend to turn to what is useless

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