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Hosea 13 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Lord’s Relentless Judgment on Israel

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:1 - When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling;
he was exalted in Israel,
but he incurred guilt through Baal and died.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:2 - And now they sin more and more,
and make for themselves metal images,
idols skillfully made of their silver,
all of them the work of craftsmen.
It is said of them,
“Those who offer human sacrifice kiss calves!”
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:3 - Therefore they shall be like the morning mist
or like the dew that goes early away,
like the chaff that swirls from the threshing floor
or like smoke from a window.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:4 - But I am the LORD your God
from the land of Egypt;
you know no God but me,
and besides me there is no savior.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:5 - It was I who knew you in the wilderness,
in the land of drought;
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:6 - but when they had grazed,[fn] they became full,
they were filled, and their heart was lifted up;
therefore they forgot me.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:7 - So I am to them like a lion;
like a leopard I will lurk beside the way.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:8 - I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs;
I will tear open their breast,
and there I will devour them like a lion,
as a wild beast would rip them open.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:9 - He destroys[fn] you, O Israel,
for you are against me, against your helper.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:10 - Where now is your king, to save you in all your cities?
Where are all your rulers—
those of whom you said,
“Give me a king and princes”?
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:11 - I gave you a king in my anger,
and I took him away in my wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:12 - The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up;
his sin is kept in store.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:13 - The pangs of childbirth come for him,
but he is an unwise son,
for at the right time he does not present himself
at the opening of the womb.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:14 - I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol;
I shall redeem them from Death.[fn]
O Death, where are your plagues?
O Sheol, where is your sting?
Compassion is hidden from my eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:15 - Though he may flourish among his brothers,
the east wind, the wind of the LORD, shall come,
rising from the wilderness,
and his fountain shall dry up;
his spring shall be parched;
it shall strip his treasury
of every precious thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:16 - [fn] Samaria shall bear her guilt,
because she has rebelled against her God;
they shall fall by the sword;
their little ones shall be dashed in pieces,
and their pregnant women ripped open.
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew according to their pasture
Or I will destroy
Or Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from Death?
Ch 14:1 in Hebrew

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