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Hosea 7 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Israel Has Rebelled Against God
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:1 - “When I would have healed Israel,
Then the iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered,
And the wickedness of Samaria.
For they have committed fraud;
A thief comes in;
A band of robbers takes spoil outside.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:2 - They do not consider in their hearts
That I remember all their wickedness;
Now their own deeds have surrounded them;
They are before My face.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:3 - They make a king glad with their wickedness,
And princes with their lies.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:4 - “They are all adulterers.
Like an oven heated by a baker—
He ceases stirring the fire after kneading the dough,
Until it is leavened.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:5 - In the day of our king
Princes have made him sick, inflamed with wine;
He stretched out his hand with scoffers.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:6 - They prepare their heart like an oven,
While they lie in wait;
Their baker[fn] sleeps all night;
In the morning it burns like a flaming fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:7 - They are all hot, like an oven,
And have devoured their judges;
All their kings have fallen.
None among them calls upon Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:8 - “Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples;
Ephraim is a cake unturned.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:9 - Aliens have devoured his strength,
But he does not know it;
Yes, gray hairs are here and there on him,
Yet he does not know it.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:10 - And the pride of Israel testifies to his face,
But they do not return to the LORD their God,
Nor seek Him for all this.
Futile Reliance on the Nations
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:11 - “Ephraim also is like a silly dove, without sense—
They call to Egypt,
They go to Assyria.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:12 - Wherever they go, I will spread My net on them;
I will bring them down like birds of the air;
I will chastise them
According to what their congregation has heard.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:13 - “Woe to them, for they have fled from Me!
Destruction to them,
Because they have transgressed against Me!
Though I redeemed them,
Yet they have spoken lies against Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:14 - They did not cry out to Me with their heart
When they wailed upon their beds.

“They assemble together for[fn] grain and new wine,
They rebel against Me;[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:15 - Though I disciplined and strengthened their arms,
Yet they devise evil against Me;
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:16 - They return, but not to the Most High;[fn]
They are like a treacherous bow.
Their princes shall fall by the sword
For the cursings of their tongue.
This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
NKJV Footnotes
Following Masoretic Text and Vulgate; Syriac and Targum read Their anger; Septuagint reads Ephraim.
Following Masoretic Text and Targum; Vulgate reads thought upon; Septuagint reads slashed themselves for (compare 1 Kings 18:28).
Following Masoretic Text, Syriac, and Targum; Septuagint omits They rebel against Me; Vulgate reads They departed from Me.
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