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Hosea 13 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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The LORD’s Anger against Israel
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:1 - When the tribe of Ephraim spoke,
the people shook with fear,
for that tribe was important in Israel.
But the people of Ephraim sinned by worshiping Baal
and thus sealed their destruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:2 - Now they continue to sin by making silver idols,
images shaped skillfully with human hands.
“Sacrifice to these,” they cry,
“and kiss the calf idols!”
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:3 - Therefore, they will disappear like the morning mist,
like dew in the morning sun,
like chaff blown by the wind,
like smoke from a chimney.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:4 - “I have been the LORD your God
ever since I brought you out of Egypt.
You must acknowledge no God but me,
for there is no other savior.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:5 - I took care of you in the wilderness,
in that dry and thirsty land.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:6 - But when you had eaten and were satisfied,
you became proud and forgot me.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:7 - So now I will attack you like a lion,
like a leopard that lurks along the road.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:8 - Like a bear whose cubs have been taken away,
I will tear out your heart.
I will devour you like a hungry lioness
and mangle you like a wild animal.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:9 - “You are about to be destroyed, O Israel—
yes, by me, your only helper.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:10 - Now where is[fn] your king?
Let him save you!
Where are all the leaders of the land,
the king and the officials you demanded of me?
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:11 - In my anger I gave you kings,
and in my fury I took them away.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:12 - “Ephraim’s guilt has been collected,
and his sin has been stored up for punishment.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:13 - Pain has come to the people
like the pain of childbirth,
but they are like a child
who resists being born.
The moment of birth has arrived,
but they stay in the womb!
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:14 - “Should I ransom them from the grave[fn]?
Should I redeem them from death?
O death, bring on your terrors!
O grave, bring on your plagues![fn]
For I will not take pity on them.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:15 - Ephraim was the most fruitful of all his brothers,
but the east wind—a blast from the LORD
will arise in the desert.
All their flowing springs will run dry,
and all their wells will disappear.
Every precious thing they own
will be plundered and carried away.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:16 - [fn]The people of Samaria
must bear the consequences of their guilt
because they rebelled against their God.
They will be killed by an invading army,
their little ones dashed to death against the ground,
their pregnant women ripped open by swords.”
NLT Footnotes
As in Greek and Syriac versions and Latin Vulgate; Hebrew reads I will be.
Hebrew Sheol; also in 13:14b.
Greek version reads O death, where is your punishment? / O grave [Hades], where is your sting? Compare 1 Cor 15:55.
Verse 16 is numbered 14:1 in Hebrew text.

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